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The Calendar of Nature, Designed for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young Persons. The Third Edition. by  John Aikin - 1787 - from Alembic Rare Books (SKU: 288)

The Calendar of Nature, Designed for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young Persons. The Third Edition.

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The Calendar of Nature, Designed for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young Persons. The Third Edition.

by Aikin, John

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London: Joseph Johnson, 1787. Duodecimo (155 x 95mm). Contemporary tree calf, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers. 1810 ownership inscription to the verso of the front free endpaper, pencilled notes of a similar date to the verso of the rear blank. Binding lightly rubbed at the extremities, the corner of B6 torn, not affecting the text, light spotting to the contents. Very good condition. Third edition of this charming little book on the changing of the seasons from month to month by the "physician and man of letters" John Aiken (1747-1822) (Hahn, The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature). Aiken charming combines practical knowledge of nature and gardening with literary references. For April he writes: "This month gives the most perfect image of Spring; for its vicissitudes of warm gleams of sunshine, and gentle showers, have the most wonderful effects in hastening that universal springing of the vegetable tribes, from whence the season derives its appellation. April generally begins with raw unpleasant weather, the influence of the equinoctial storms still in some degree prevailing, Its opening is thus described in a poem of Mr. Warton's: 'Mindful of disaster past, And thinking of the northern blast, The fleety storm returning still, The morning hoar; the evening chill; Reluctant comes the timid Spring...' Early in the month, that welcome guest and harbinger of Summer, the swallow, returns. The kind first seen, is the chimney, or house, swallow, known by its long forked tail, and red breast. At first, here and there, only one appears, glancing quick by us, as if scarcely able to endure the cold. 'The swallow for a moment seen, Skims in haste the village green'." A very nice copy in an attractive contemporary tree calf binding. With the ownership inscription and notes of a woman, Eliza Davenport, who obtained this copy in 1810. Davenport's short pencilled notes at the rear of the volume relate to a handful of observations of flowering plants and other phenomena.

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Alembic Rare Books GB (GB)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
288
Title
The Calendar of Nature, Designed for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young Persons. The Third Edition.
Author
Aikin, John
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
1
Publisher
Joseph Johnson
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1787
Keywords
Science|Biology|Natural History|Ecology|Zoology|Botany|Gardening

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