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Country Pleasures: The Chronicle of a Year Chiefly In A Garden

by George Milner

Published by Longmans, Green, and Co., London, 1881

Inscribed Association Copy: Inscribed by the Author to his daughter. "To my daughter Alice, with much love and many blessings, G. Milner". 

12mo. i-viii. 345pp. 

Good Condition.

Three quarter leather with marbled covered boards. Marbled endpapers. 

Some wear and rubbing loss to leather, particularly on book board corners of front and back covers. Some light scuffing to the marbles cover and back. Marbled page edges. 

Inside, the binding is very good. Pages are bright and crisp. 


 A lovely copy with a special father and daughter association. 


A Review of this book from the Manchester Literary Club in 1900. (As published in their book Transactions):


It might seem almost a work of supererogation to refer at any length to the first book on my list- Mr. Milner’s Country Pleasures: The Chronicle of a Year, Chiefly in a Garden” – because the book is so well known. The coniditions under which it was written are not of the most favourable nature. Moston, breezy and healthful as it is, cannot, from a gardener’s point of view, be regarded as an ideal neighbourhood. Whatever its beauties may have been fifity years ago, today “Ichabod” is written largely over its surface. When you wander about its somewhat doleful lanes in quest of the garden which you seem to know so well, you are more than ever impressed with the force of that individuality which rose above all these externals and produced a book which, from all internal evidence, might have been written beneath the oaks of Selborne, or within sight of the fir trees of Eversley.


Many books have been written on the subject since Country Pleasures was first published; but although it continues to be a source of pleasure to all Nature lovers, but especially to those whose lot it is to live in smoke-begrimed cities. That it has been included in the Silver Library of Messrs. Longmans is proof sufficient, if proof were needed, of its sustained popularity. There is every temptation to dwell upon the charm which Country Pleasures possesses- the great variety of subjects with which the author deals, its wealth of imagery, of literary allusion and direct quotation, but, however fitting this might be in another place, here, at any rate, it would infer a lack of appreciation which cannot exist.

Country Pleasures: The Chronicle of a Year Chiefly In A Garden

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