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The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, 1906: A Facsimile Reproduction of a Naturalist's Diary Hardcover – August, 1977


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston Co.; 1st edition (August 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080501232X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805012323
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Love the simple nature watercolor art done in an older time.
Vincent's nana
This is a book for the amateur artist, the nature lover, the person who loves almanacs.
Therese
I am thrilled to own this book and hope to find the film they made of the same.
Liisa H

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Charlotte Mason was an educator in England in the last century, and one of her main educational methods was to have every student keep a Nature Notebook or Nature Diary---a record of the natural world as the children observed it first-hand. The student's Nature Notebooks were filled with poetry, prose, line drawings and watercolors.

"The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" is the perfect example of a fully developed Nature Diary. The author went out amid the English countryside and recorded what she observed---the flowers, trees, birds, insects.

The artistry of the drawings and watercolors in this is absolutely breathtaking. If you're looking for an introduction to the idea of Nature Diaries, or you simply enjoy a book of true grace and beauty, then this is the book for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louette on April 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I had some of the stationary years ago, and didn't realize until I was at a second hand booksale the other day that the artwork was from a book. What a treasure of drawings!

And how wonderful to think that someone a)saved it and b) had the courage to reprint it exactly as it was, handwriting and all. Worth it just for the artwork, plus you get a view into the world of the women of that time. Having just seen the film "Miss Potter" and how hard it was for a woman to be taken seriously as an artist in England, this book is a delight to find.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Williams on June 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is quite the beautiful book! It's the diary an English girl keeps of the various plants and birds that she finds throughout the year. While this would be far more interesting to someone who knows and has an interest in the subject, it was still interesting for me to read because of the absolutely beautiful drawings she includes, as well as the poems and information about the various months.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan L. Redd on March 22, 2013
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I first came across this book years ago and was fascinated by its beauty. As a fellow nature diarist (although with camera, not watercolors and pen), I recently picked up a copy at my local library and had a chance to really SEE it. This time, I could really appreciate what was here - a detailed, month-by-month look at the animals, plants, insects, as well as bits of poetry and observations of the changes of the seasons in the West Midlands countryside where she lived at the turn of the 20th century. This book, to me, really has a timeless feel to it - it could be 1906 or 2006 or 2016, and I still suspect one could go out in the countryside (though not, perhaps, exactly where she lived then) and find similar plants and creatures - or their equivalents here in the USA, or Australia, or wherever one lives. This is one of my favorite books that I have purchased. If you are a nature lover or an artist, buy this for the art if for no other reason!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vincent's nana on November 8, 2012
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Love the simple nature watercolor art done in an older time. Love the simplicity of the time. Got this for a friend who had heard of it and I already had one. Nice book to enjoy with a cup of tea on a beautiful day with nature.
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Ordered as a gift for a friend who loves the original rather vintage copy I have; needless to say the one I received was in much better shape!
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By Sylvia on April 30, 2014
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This is a charming book in every way. Seems timeless to me. The water color illustrations are excellent and beautiful. I'm so glad I made this impulse buy.
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This reproduction brings to us the reflections of a woman who loved the world around her, observed it, drew it, and wrote or quoted poetry about it. It is truly a classic. The volume will uplift your vision to things previously unseen. At the same time it will let you into the soul of an artist, a naturalist, and a poet.
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