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Victorian Children’s Non Fiction: The Young Naturalist – 1879

This week I bought a DVD of digitised out-of-copyright books about Lepidoptera and other insects. The are mostly 19th and early 20th century titles. Some have beautiful colour plates and some have hand-coloured illustrations.

This one caught my eye. This was published in the UK in 1879 – and is about butterflies and shells.

cover

Cover

title page

title page

The writing is aimed at younger readers and goes into a lot of detail about what the Greek and Latin means in the scientific names – often recounting the odd myth or two if relevant.

the young naturalist page

Greek and Latin myths

Text about the large blue

Text about the large blue

Colour plate

Colour plate

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Britain’s Queen – a book about Queen Victoria published in 1897

I picked this up in the wonderful David’s Bookshop , Letchworth, the other day. It was published to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Written by Thomas Paul and with 76 illustrations, a photographic portrait of of the Queen (plate protected with tissue paper) and gold page edging. Published by John F Shaw and Co. Paternoster Row, London.

Britain's queen cover

Cover

Britain's Queen book inscription

Inscription

Illustration of the young queen

Illustration of the young queen

Britain's queen illustration

Chapter opener

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