London: S. W. Partridge & Co., circa 1907.
Hardcover. Underground fairylands, bottled sunshine, and flesh-eating plants are only a handful of the marvels recorded in The Fairyland of Nature. The "Underground Fairyland" of the first chapter is none other than Kentucky's Mammoth Cave, the "Bottled Sunshine" is coal, questionably enough, and "Flesh-Eating Plants" include the Venus Fly-Trap of course, but also Butterwort and Bladder-Wort, among others, each carefully illustrated throughout. Joining these fascinating facets of the natural world are "Marvels of Insect Architecture," "Some Peculiar Trees," "A Little Worm That Produces Silk," "Warriors of the Sea," "Builders Without Hands," "Wonderful Insect Mimics," "A Piece of Sponge," "Curious Plants of the Sea," "In the Realm of King Frost," "Strange Dwellers in Animal Land," and "Queen Flora's Most Wonderful Flowers." A charming, illustrated little compendium of some of nature's curiosities as evidenced by these unusual pets, plants, and places.
7 1/2" X 5". 126pp, [iii], 32pp ads. Undated, circa 1907. Blue cloth over boards, with bird and nest stamped in brown and black to upper board, upper board lettered in gilt, black, and burgundy, and spine lettered in gilt. Mild edgewear to binding, with gentle rubbing and bumping to extremities and some sunning to spine. Front hinge a touch tender. Binding remains sound. Gift inscription to front free endpaper awarding book as a prize for attendance, dated 1911, Cheriton Congregational Sunday School. Pages uniformly age-toned, with foxing to endpapers. Very occasional spot of foxing or neat tear to margin of pages throughout. Thoroughly illustrated in forty-one monochrome illustrations. Good +. Item #5697