[SCIENCE] VALENTINE, L. (author). Aunt Louisa's Book of Common Things. London; Frederick Warne And Co. .
Slim 4to. Publisher's pictorial turquoise cloth elaborately and pictorially blocked in pink, white, blue, red, yellow, brown, white, black and gilt to upper cover, with a vignette in blind to lower board and spine lettered gilt, glazed yellow endpapers; pp. [viii], -94; with illustrations throughout in profusion after wood-engravings; an exceptional copy, externally as fine and bright as the day it was issued with only tiny rubbing to forecorner tips; internally also remarkably fresh with a neat contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper, dated 1896, and a scattering of pale speckling to 2 adjacent leaves.
First edition. A clever introduction to science, and the processes of manufacturing and farming, for the young, all presented in the context of a dialogue between two young children, May and John, and a fairy chaperone. Includes explanations covering areas as diverse as cotton picking in America; salt production on the English coast; rice, bread, tea and coffee production; stone quarrying in Cornwall; tin-mining; locomotive manufacturing, and bridge construction.