1881 Scarce First Edition - WOOD MAGIC, A Fable by nature writer John Richard Jefferies.
Author: John Richard Jefferies.
Title: Wood Magic; A Fable.
Publisher: London, Paris & New York, Cassell, Petter, Galpin, & Co., 1881. First one-volume edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size : 7.5 " X 5.5 ".
Pages : 235, 263 pages. Complete 2 parts bound in one volume.
Binding: Attractive and very good original decorated cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed- as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, gift note of a previous 1882 owner on the second blank - as shown, rare light foxing - as shown).
The book: Scarce and attractive First one-volume Edition of Wood Magic: A Fable (1881) introducing the author's child-hero, Bevis, a small child on a farm near a small lake, called the "Longpond", clearly Coate Farm and Coate Reservoir. Bevis's exploration of the garden and neighboring fields brings him into contact with the country's birds and animals, who can speak to him, as can even inanimate parts of nature, such as the stream and the wind. Part of the book is a depiction of a small child's interaction with the natural world, but much is a cynical animal fable of a revolt against the magpie Kapchack, the local tyrant. A rare find in any condition!
The author: John Richard Jefferies (6 November 1848 – 14 August 1887) was an English nature writer, noted for his depiction of English rural life in essays, books of natural history, and novels. His childhood on a small Wiltshire farm had a great influence on him and provides the background to all his major works of fiction.
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