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The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Paperback – 1 Dec 1982

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; New edition edition (Dec. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718120914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722105801
  • ASIN: 0722105800
  • Package Dimensions: 18 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Edith Holden's diary was written to encourage her pupils at Solihull School to learn about nature. After Edith's death, the book passed down through her husband's family until it came into the possession of her great-niece Rowena Stott. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book is in such a good condition that I was surprised.
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Nice clean condition. Very pleased.
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I am so pleased that this reproduction of Edith Holden's 1906 diary is again in print. Beautifully illustrated with watercolour, it is an actual diary that was discovered after 70 years by her neice, who thought it should be shared and it was first published in 1977.When Edith Holden wrote it, it was entirely personal, although all but a few entries are to do with nature, weather and the changing countryside through the seasons. Entries include poems and exquisite drawings of birds, butterflies, bees and flowers. Reading this book inspired me to visit Kew Gardens, one of the locations she visited on a regular basis. Other locations are in Warwickshire and Scotland.
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Edith Holden (1871 - 1920) was an English illustrator, who wrote and illustrated her '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.
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lovely book
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The author is obviously an excellent artist, and the illustrations that she has made are very good. The texts at the beginning are interesting, though i thought that the actual diary itself, was like most other diaries, a little out of context to boring. Having said that, I think that the book is worth it for the illustrations and the introductions to the months.
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The book was purchased as a used book in fine condition with a corresponding price.This it was, in almost mint condition. Thus one
has an almost new book at a very good price. This woman's observations on the natural environment around her are certainly of
a kind that one never sees today because the nature which she describes and lives in has almost vanished from the life of the
present day citizen. In addition to this she was artistically talented and was able to portray that which she saw and felt in a set of
lovely paintings and sketches.
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I think this is a most excellent book. The illustrations capture me the most - the precision of the drawings is incredible. The text is a fascinating record of the time - the weather, her activities and poems, the sayings and quotations are all of interest to me.
It has inspired me to attempt my own version in a plain-paper notebook. I am looking at historic events for each day of the year - done one week at a time! I quote the daily meditations for Saturday and Sunday from the Meditation Society of Australia - with a bible verse I have read on each day. Finally each week I attempt one of the illustrations as given in the original book. At the end of each month (only January thus far) I have summarised the weather data from Saturday's newspaper.
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