The Country - John George Wood 1905 - George Routledge and Sons, London - Twentieth Edition Frequently referenced by Mark Twain in his comedic novel: ‘Roughing It’, this particular title became a seminal influence on the rise of popularity in the subjects of natural history and science in both Great Britain and the United States in the mid nineteenth century.

Leather bound and gorgeously illustrated by W.S. Coleman, the volume contains twelve full colour plates and numerous black andd white vignettes depicting wildlife found in the heartland of Britain in the eighteen-hundreds.
  John George Wood: (1827-1889) ‘Was a writer on natural history, and was born in London on 21 July 1827. Being weakly he was educated at home, and, his father having removed to Oxford in 1830, he led an outdoor life, which gave full scope for the development of his innate love of all natural history pursuits.’

William Stephen Coleman
(1829-1904): Was a landscape and figure painter and illustrator. He was born at Horsham, Sussex in 1829, the son of a physician. He was a keen naturalist and this led him to the arts and illustrations of books, He illustrated the Rev. J. G. Wood’s natural history books and worked in oil, pastel, and etching.’

References: Houfe,
Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, 264. Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 62. 366.

Provenance: School prize bookplate of ‘Royal School for daughters of officers in the Army’, given to Alex Grubbs, dated 1909.

Octavo (18 x 12.5 cm). pp. [8] 183 [1] [colour plates] [2].
  In prize binding of full navy calf, spine intricately decorated in gilt with burgundy morocco title label lettered in gilt, with patterned gilt boarder to front and rear boards, gilt edges and blind floral inlays, edges of text block marbled, with marbled endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, corners of front and rear boards a touch bumped, light scratches to rear boards.   Ref: 108705   Price: HK$ 1,000