8vo, pp. viii, 350, [2 (Quaritch advertisements)]; woodcut illustrations in text; a very good copy, partially unopened in publisher’s green pictorial cloth gilt, spine straight-grained and lettered in gilt, top-edge gilt; a few small scuffs and bumps, front free endpaper creased; Watkins bookseller’s label to rear free endpaper.
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Natural History Lore and Legend, being some few Examples of quaint and by-gone Beliefs gathered in from divers Authorities, ancient and mediaeval, of varying Degrees of Reliability.
First edition. An artist and amateur botanist, F. Edward Hulme (1841 – 1909) is remembered for a variety of works on natural history, the most extensive being his Familiar Wild Flowers, which appeared in eight volumes from 1878 until his death (a ninth volume was published posthumously). He served as drawing master at Marlborough, and from 1885 as Professor of Geometrical Drawing at King’s College London. As a study of historic botanical literature, Natural History Lore and Legend precedes the work of Wilfrid Blunt, a fellow drawing master and pupil of Marlborough College.
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