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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.

BOOK CONDITION

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

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  • Vintage item from the 1920s
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