Thursday, December 1, 2011

The First

It's the first of December.

It's a new page on the calendar.  And speaking of pages, I wanted to share with you a book I found at our local library sale that was in October.  I found this lovely book (among others).

You can see I paid two dollars for it.  This book has illustrations, poems, quotes and diary notations by the author.  Here is the blurb about the author:

"Edith Holden was born in Moseley in the parish of King's Norton, Worcester in 1871, one of seven children of a Midlands paint manufacturer.  The family lived in Warwickshire in the village of Knowle and it was there that she started to write and illustrate this book.  She moved later in 1905 to the small village of Olton where she wrote Nature Notes 1906, published as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady.  After attending art school, she worked as an illustrator, with her drawings (often of animals) being published in several books."

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady was first published in 1977.  My version says 1989.  Each month has it's own full page illustration along with other smaller ones of animals and plants.  The cover illustration also happens to be the December one. I took some pictures of the illustrations to show you, but I'm not going to post them because I think it might be copyright infringement if I do.  However, you can see many of them at this site.

But I will quote one of the mottoes she had written in the December section.

"In December keep yourself warm and sleep."

1 comment:

kathleen probst said...

I am an avid collector of books and this one is quite lovely. The illustrations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Happy December!