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Eliza Brightwen  More About Nature  Dedicated Copy Mrs Feltham Great Stanmore, Harrow  Middlesex

Eliza Brightwen More about Wild Nature 1st Edition 1892

SKU: 1892B

More About Wild Nature by Eliza Brightwen 1892 First Edition

Eliza Brightwen ‘won her great literary success very late in life,’ when her first book ‘Wild Nature Won by Kindness’ was published in 1890 when Eliza was sixty years old. This was quickly followed by ‘More about Wild Nature published in 1892. Her last book ‘Quiet Hours with Nature’ was published in 1904.  Eliza Elder was born in Banff, Aberdeenshire and orphaned at a young age. She was taken in by her uncle Alexander Elder of the publishing company ‘Smith and Elder.’ In 1855 Eliza married George Brightwen and in 1876 they moved to The Grove at Great Stanmore, Harrow in Middlesex.  It was here at Great Stanmore that she came into contact with Eliza Felton to whom this book is inscribed ‘Mrs Felton from the author.’  Eliza and her husband William, a plumber, attended the funeral of Eliza Brightwen in 1906.

More about Wild Nature is a hardback in decorative green cloth with pictorial boards featuring a gilt title to the front board and gilt title and decorative images to the spine.

Good condition (see grading)

First Edition published in 1892 by T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, London.

Size: 5 X 7.5 inches (13.5 x 19.5 cm)

261 pages and 23 illustrations (Plates)

Tissue guarded frontispiece plate of Eliza Brightwen is present 





Indoor Pets

Katie the Shrew

Polly and Ruby

Mungo the Ichneumon (Plate)

Impey the Bat (Plate)

Joey the Kestrel (Plate)

Sylvia the Woodmouse

Pixie and Pastor

Inmates of The Grove

Highland Kyloes (Plate)

Shaggy Bray (Plate)



Hungry Birds

Footprints in the Snow (Plate)

Recording impressions

Impressions of Nature

A beechwood (Plate)

Lamorna Valley

Thoughts at my Lake (Plate)

Why Simple things give Pleasure (Plate)

Dame Nature

Home Recreations

  • Home Museum (Plate)
  • Home Museum (Plate)

Object Lessons in Museum Making

Book of Feathers (Plate)

  • Studying Insects (Plate)
  • Studying Insects (Plate)


List of Illustrations (Plates) by Eliza Brightwen: 

Portrait (Frontispiece)

 The Grove,

 Ichneumon attacking Cobra,


 Impey the Bat,

Joey the Kestrel,

Joey fighting the table-leg,

 My Highland Kyloes,

Shaggy Bray,


Mole furrow in the snow,

 Mouse Tunnel in the snow,

The Yew Mound at The Grove,

The Grove, Tree reflections at the Lake,

The Chalet at the Lake,

Sunset View at the Lake,

Spider’s Nest,

The Grove Museum,

Eagle Owl Feathers,

 Peacock Feathers,

Water Insects,

Diving-Bell Spiders.


Good condition:

Specifics: Good colouring with slight rubbing to most edges and corners. Boards and spine have age-related wear, some bumping and bubbling at the spine ends. Slight bubble to the middle of left-hand edge of the front board.  The binding is sloping. Sun fade to the spine. Pages are age-toned with faint spotting and marks. Dark green front and end papers.

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