London: Chatto & Windus, 1891.
Leather bound. Bound in handsome full calfskin, this 1891 printing of Glimpses of Nature was originally awarded to a young student for achievement in reading. Glimpses of Nature holds a bevy of reflections on nature, from starfish to spleens, by the naturalist, zoologist, and physiologist Andrew Wilson (1852-1912). Full contents include chapters on Sea-Acorns, The Night Lights of the Sky, Buliders in teh Sand, Oysters, Lobsters, Spiders, Stars at Lamlash, A Cuttle-Bone, A Curious Colony, A Bit of Sponge, "The Kign of Fishes," Starfishes, Sea-Urchins, Some Mixed Relationships, A Remarkable History, A Display of Energy, Some Plant Groundlings, Some Curious Ways of Plants, The Fertility of Nature, Dandelion Down, The Mistletoe Bough, Holly Berries, Some Microscopic Friends, Some Microscopic Mummies, The Workers of the Body, Germs: Good and Bad, A Confusing Case, Flies, A Good Starve, Other Senses Than Ours, Something New About the Ear, Noise, The Problem fo Life, What Is Mesmerism?, The Case of Colonel Townshend, The Spleen, The Tongue and Speech, Town Life and Its Effects, A Rainy Day, The Lessons of a Quarry, The Story of the Islands, A Corner of Kent, The Inroads of the Sea, The Grottoes of Han, and Coal at Dover, illustrated in 35 figures throughout.
7 3/8" X 5". xii, 247pp. Presents nicely in protective archival jacket. Bound in full deep red calfskin with insignia of Streatham College stamped in gilt to upper board, floral border in gilt to boards, spine lettered in gilt over a green Morocco leather label, and floral gilt compartments to spine. Moderate wear to binding, with rubbing to extremities and some faint sunning to spine. All edges marbled, with matching marbled endpapers. Philip & Tacey prize bookplate to front pastedown: awarded to H. B. Warburton for Reading dated July 1916. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A highly presentable Victorian prize binding, preserving a beautiful 1891 printing of the work of naturalist, zoologist, and physiologist Andrew Wilson, member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Linnean Society. Very good +. Item #6422