Nature; or, the poetry of earth and sea. With two hundred designs by Giacomelli, illustrator of “The Bird.”

  • Michelet, Athénaïs
  • London: T. Nelson and Sons 1880


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8vo, pp. xxxi, [i], 431, [1]. Black and white illustrations throughout. Original red cloth, spine and front board blocked in black and gilt, rear board blocked in blind, edges gilt. A little spotting. Binding slightly rubbed and marked.


The second edition of Athénaïs Michelet's (1826-1899) lyrical survey of the natural world, and her first major publication since her husband Jules Michelet's death. The pair greatly admired each other's work, and collaborated on four books during their marriage. At the close of the introduction, Michelet writes 'In the midst of death, I have sought to affirm the existence of life. True grief is fertile. It enlarges our hearts.' Beautifully illustrated by Hector Giacomelli (1822-1904), the book explores the subjects of the garden, pastoral, woodland, mountain, river, and lake scenery, and the sea.

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