This is a wonderful, decorative book for anyone interested in daily life in the Victorian period.
APPEARANCE: The pages are glossy and the rich, hardback cover is very attractive on any coffee-table or bookshelf. The book, however, is very small - much smaller than I expected, just bigger than A5, and anyone with visual difficulties (and most people without) will find it difficult to read the text inside without the assistance of a magnifying glass.
CONTENTS: The book covers two years in the life of an unmarried Victorian lady in all its monotony (the Pountneys lived a fairly quiet life) - visiting with other repectable ladies, walking with "Mama", Church attendances, and admiring gentlemen from afar. But what makes this diary so remarkable and beautiful (instead of the dusty curio it could have been) is the intricate sketches the Victorian Lady in question - Adelaide Pountney - sketched throughout, almost every day, to demonstate in better detail than she could describe, one aspect of her day, with little annotations in her own hand to demonstrate who every person in each sketch is and a little description.
THE DOWNSIDE: The diary has been reproduced in her original handwriting, resulting in some cramped or apparently-rushed entries that are difficult to read.
But, the difficulties of reading some handwriting doesn't marr the enjoyment or hamper the appreciation of this absolutely beautifully reproduced diary. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Victorian period.