Edith Holden (1871 - 1920) was an English illustrator, who wrote and illustrated 'Nature's Notes for 1906', a journal that recorded the wildlife in the countryside around her home of Gowan Bank, Kineton Green Road, Olton, Warwickshire. In June 1977 Holden's great niece, Rowena Stott, enabled the publishers Webb & Bower (in association with Michael Joseph) to publish the journal as "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady". The book is a facsimile of the original journal.
Holden divided the journal by the twelve months of the year, recording the weather and wildlife around her. The illustrations are beautiful watercolours of plants, birds, mammals and butterflies, punctuated by the equally beautiful poetry of Byron, Browning, Wordsworth and Tennyson. Holden's non-cursive handwriting is easy to read.
Although this book sparked an extraordinary, nostalgic boom in everything rural and Edwardian, Holden was a suburban socialist, rather than the genteel lady you expect her to be. If you want to read about Holden's life, Ina Taylor has written the standard biography