New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1900.
Authorized Edition. Hardcover. “There are forces around us, and among us, which I shall ask you to call fairies, and these are ten thousand times more wonderful, more magical, and more beautiful in their work, than those of the old fairy tales. They, too, are invisible, and many people live and die without ever seeing them or caring to see them.” This introduction to science is the work of Arabella Burton Buckley (1840-1929), who at the age of twenty-four started her eleven-year tenure as secretary to influential geologist Charles Lyell and who after his death became a science educator in her own right, lecturing, editing such prominent scientific treatises as Mary Somerville's Connexion of the Physical Sciences (1877) and Heinrich Leutemann's Animals from Life (1887), and writing imaginative introductory science books like this one, which, The Times wrote, "deserves to take a permanent place in the literature of youth." Through her books, Arabella Buckley promoted the study of natural science by showing children that “science is full of beautiful pictures, of real poetry, and of wonder-working fairies.” This truly enchantingly written, charmingly bound, and beautifully illustrated primer encompasses ten lectures on the sun, atmosphere, water, sound waves, the life cycle of a flower, coal, and bees, all abundantly illustrated throughout in engravings that range from the fanciful to the scientific.
7 1/2" X 5 1/4". x, 252pp, plus four pages of ads. Ex- Sheldon Public Library of Sheldon, Vermont, with associated bookplate, marks, and notations. Bound in light sage green cloth, lettered in gilt, with fairies and sprites stamped in gilt and black to upper board and spine. Moderate wear to binding, with corners turned in and frayed, light soiling to cloth, some dimming to library-labeled spine, and small tears to head and tail of spine. Slight lean to spine. Small tear to front free endpaper, bearing library markings. Rear hinge a touch tender, with tear along hinge. Binding remains sound. Occasional lighth foxing, else pages clean and unmarked. Abundantly illustrated in 74 engravings throughout. Very good +. Item #5752