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wild flowers month by month



Wild Flowers by Edward Step FLS

Month by Month in their Natural Haunts


About the Book: 

Month by Month guide with images on what can be found on a walk in fields, lanes, woods, health land, by the sea, meadows and other habitats.  Some things lost forever including the Hoop-shaver and his/her Hut.

“We propose in the following pages to take the reader botanising with the camera – to be more accurate, we should say wild flower hunting, for our botany will be strictly of the open-air order, and will have nothing to do with plant dissection, microscopical examination, or laboratory experimenting. We seek the plants in their haunts, and enjoy them amid their natural surroundings, keeping an open eye and mind for all the beauties of nature, whether they greet us in the form of tree and herb, bird or breast, reptile or insect. If you object that the month of March is too early to being such work, we shall retort that it is never too early in the year to find subjects to interest us, and that we must start early in March in order to get several plants it is desirable to find and know. Of course, we must never be too sure of finding exactly what we want; but we will start out with a general idea, because that will direct us to the places where the particular lants are most likely to be found. There is always this compensation for the nature student -if he does not find exactly what he looks for today, he will find something else that is, in its way, equally interesting, and there remains the hope that we may find the other thing tomorrow, or some other day.”

Genre: Nature Non-Fiction

Book Type: Hardback book with green cloth boards.

Edition:  No edition or date,  but 1905 copy published by Frederick Warne is potentially referring to  this copy.

Published by The Cursitor Publishing Co. Ltd. London by arrangement of the copyright owners Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.

Size: 22.5cm x 14.5cm

Number of pages:  407 pages

Illustrations:  “With nearly three hundred and fifty illustrations reproduced form original photographs by the author and four plates from photographs in full colour.”



March in the Woods

March on the Chalk-Hills

The Common and the Riverside in March

April in the Lanes

April in the Meadows

April on the Common

April in the Woods

April on the Downs

April by the Sea

May in Lane and Field

May round a Woodland Mere

May on the Common and in the Wood

May on the Downs

May by the Sea

June in the Woods

A Lane in June

June on the Chalk-Hills

June by the River

July in the Woods

July on the Heath

July by Bog and Stream

August in the Fields

August on the Hills

August in the Meadows

August in the Meadows

August in the Woods

September on the Heath

September on the Hills


Alphabetical Floral Calendar


Biography of Author:

Edward Step (1855-1931) prolific writer on nature with more than thirty books on the subjects from his first in 1894 ‘By vocal Woods and Waters’ to his last in 1932 ‘Bees, Wasps, Ants and Allied Insects of the British Isles’ published posthumously by Frederick Warne.  He was also a fellow of the Linmean Society. In 1928 he was president of the British Empire Naturalits' Association.


Original illustrations by Edward Step are very collectable and hard to find.


Boards: Age related wear, and marks

Binding: Leaning,

Spine: Tear to spine guttering on rear cover. Wear and slight tearing to either end of spine.

Pages.  All pages complete. Colour frontispiece, some bumping and marks. Front and rear free endpapers age toned. Faint spotting to the rear of the front free endpaper.  Pages are yellowing with age with light scattered spotting to the edges of the text block, the odd small spot to contents but overall bright and clean.

A good book over 100 years old.

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