London: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1908.
Second Printing. Hardcover. Romp into the "wonderful fairy-land of living things" in the British countryside with the brothers Kearton in this fully populated introduction to nature studies from 1908. Richard and Cherry Kearton were brothers, British naturalists, and some of the very first wildlife photographers in the world. Together in 1895, the brothers published the first natural history book to be illustrated in whole by wild photographs. In 1892, Cherry became responsible for the first photograph ever taken of a bird's nest with eggs, and The Royal Geographical Society continues to award the Cherry Kearton Medal and Award in his honour every year. Chapters include: "The Romance of Bird Life," "British Mammals," "British Snakes, Lizards, and Amphibians," "The Wonders of Plant LIfe," and "Wonders of the Insect World." Wonders you are certain to find, led along by Richard Kearton's warm and informed descriptions and his brother Cherry's enthusiastic and thorough photographs, "taken direct from wild free nature" and alighting upon almost every page.
7 1/8" X 5 1/4". viii, 182pp, 4pp ads. Green cloth over boards, with forest scene stamped in brown and white to upper board, upper board letteredin white and brown, and spine lettered in gilt, with squirrel in brown. Moderate wear to binding, with small tears to head and tail of spine, rubbing and bumping to extremities, and lean to spine. All edges gilt. Rear hinge tender. Binding remains sound. Gift inscription dated 1908 to front free endpaper. Pages are clean and unmarked. Thoroughly illustrated in over 140 photographs "taken direct from wild free nature" by Cherry Kearton. Good. Item #5698