In 1831, William Howitt produced a work resulting from his habits of observation and his genuine love of nature - a history of the changes in the natural world in the different months of the year. It was very popular, running into multiple editions (from various publishers, in both the UK and USA) and remaining in print today.
William Howitt (1792–1879), was a prolific English writer on history and other subjects, married to a wife who was an equally prolific writer and translator. They owned a school in Heanor, Derbyshire, which is still in use today. They were not, however, a 'stay-at-home' couple: they spent 2 years in Germany (1840-42), and 10 years later William set sail for Australia, where he spent two years in the goldfields. William Howitt wrote some fifty books, and his wife's publications, inclusive of translations (notably of Hans Christian Andersen), number over a hundred.
Our book is a 6th edition copy, in good condition, with an engraved frontispiece, engraved title-vignette, 12 engravings (1 per month) in the text, and a neat contemporary ink-written inscription on the front free endpaper dated 1857. It is bound in original green cloth, with impressed design to the front and back covers, and a central gilt medallion on the front. The spine has a rich gilt design surrounding the title. All page edges are gilt. There are signs of shelf wear (as one would expect): at the top & bottom of the spine, all corners bumped, and some fading and marks. The top of the back cover has a noticeable dent matched by a lesser one at the bottom - possibly from a string, or elastic band. There is a slight lean. Internally, the binding is firm, and such foxing as there is is largely confined to the few pages at the front and back. The endpapers show no cracking, and are very pale yellow in colour. There is one creased page, just before 'April' (see photo). The text throughout is clean and clear - in all, a very nice copy of a classic text.