This delightful little American book of 'Natural Science for Primary Pupils' was first published in 1896, and evidently very popular, since our copy of 1903 is an eighth edition copy. The author was a teacher in a primary school in Minnesota, and, apart from the 5 famous artists whose paintings are reproduced, the other illustrations are by Gertrude Morse, presumably a member of the publisher's family. Presented in large print, with short sentences, the book introduces the young reader to plants and animals great and small, a selection of words highlighted at the start of each piece to be used for the children to practise their reading.
Nothing is known about the author, but she was clearly a devoted and inspirational teacher.
Our copy is remarkably well preserved, considering its age, bound in green cloth with the title in gilt letters on the front cover, and author's name etc in darker green imprinted lettering. A nice graphic in dark green & gilt depicts an ?astilbe flower. The publisher's monogram is just discernible, imprinted on the back cover. The exterior is generally somewhat grubby with age, and the corners all a little bumped; there is some shelf wear to top & bottom of the spine (worse at the bottom). Inside, the front paste-down is badly marked where something glued to it has been removed, and there is an ink scribble in the middle. Both endpapers are rather foxed and browned, but the body of the text is remarkably clean, and the binding is firm, apart from one area of weakness at pp.116-117, where the webbing can be seen. There are no loose pages. A charming little relic from a bygone educational era.