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What a treat! The Lavender Garden is a book of stories by Norah Mary Edmondson with an introduction by Beatrix Potter that starts in this way: "In the stately old world gardens belonging to gentle old-fashioned people there are fairies yet."

This book is all about finding fairies in those purple flowers of Great Britain -- lavender, lilac, violets, heather and thistles. There are 4 full-page color plate illustrations and 18 smaller black-and-while illustrations by Charles T. Howard, who was a well-known postcard illustrator of the era.

This book bears a 1929 copyright with no mention of reprinting and the top edge of the pages are gilt, which means it is a probable first edition. The book itself is 8 x 5.5 inches and 158 pages long.


The cloth exterior shows rubbing on the edges, some wear at the spine and bumping at the tips. The interior pages show some age-related tanning, but are all securely attached. I noted a bit of foxing on one of the blank pages at the back of the book. There is a small ownership inscription written in pencil at the top border of the front illustrated endpaper.

The Lavender Garden - 1929 - Nora Mary Edmondson - Introduction by Beatrix Potter - First edition


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
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