[Manuscript] MS. Select Extracts MDCCCXXXIII. E.C.S. [from The Book of The Seasons].
by [Fore-edge painting] HOWITT, William (1792-1879).
[England]: 1833., 1833. 8vo. [vi], 475, [iii] pp. 9 decorative end pieces or illustrations (a few of the illustrations are labelled: ". . . near Vienne," "Mont Blanc," "Roche Don [at] Avignon."). Original full burgundy morocco, single gilt ruled covers, raised bands, gilt-spine "M.S."; heavily rubbed, spine joint torn or weak. Good. With fore edge painting by the "Dover" painter [Marks & Co. ca. 1928] entitled "Summer" [clearly this artist's handwriting], depicting two men and one woman harvesting hay in the countryside, two lovers are walking arm and arm in period costume. Delicately painted. "In 1831, William Howitt produced a work resulting naturally from his habits of observation and his genuine love of nature. It was a history of the changes in the face of the outside world in the different months of the year, and was entitled The Book of the Seasons, or the Calendar of Nature (1831)." Of this work William Hone writes, ". . . it is a volume of delight to lovers of nature . . . " – see: Hone, The Year Book, of Daily Recreation & Information: Concerning Remarkable Men ... London, 1832. The most striking element of this unusual book is that it is written entirely in manuscript from cover to cover, with an extremely neat hand. There is no indication who wrote the beautiful calligraphy for this volume which is dedicated (by the author) to Mrs. J.E. Carr.
(Inventory #: FF2443)
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