I picked this book up yesterday in a Charity shop down town for the grand price of £1.50, although i saw on Amazon this morning that a second hand copy is selling for £29.99, since i got the book I've not been able to put it down, the best way to describe the book is to quote the text from inside the dust cover.
"A facsimile reproduction of a naturalists diary for the year 1906, Edith Holden recorded in words and paintings the flora and fauna of the British countryside through the changing seasons of the year.
Edith Holden's word, all carefully written by hand, include her favourite poems, personal thoughts and observations on the wildlife she saw surrounding her home in Warwickshire and on her travels through England & Scotland. The exquisitely beautiful paintings on every page of birds, butterflies, bees and flowers, reflect her deep love of nature; they have been executed with a naturalist's eye for detail, and the sensitivity of an artist."
It's a truly remarkable book, lots of anecdotes and traditional Mottoes and if you look for it, a remarkable amount of hidden detail, the illustrations though, are truly magnificent and capture a level of detail not often seen.
I would urge anyone with an interest in nature and in particular English flora and fauna to pick up a copy of this book, trust me, you wont regret it