Title: The Ladybird Book of British Wild Flowers
Author: Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald
Illustrator: Rowland and Edith Hilder
Publisher: Wills & Hepworth Ltd.
Remarks: c.1962 reprint; price-clipped; inscribed
Book Condition: Near Excellent
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Description: A beautiful little book, describing over 70 species of wild flower found in Britain, from common varieties like the foxglove and bluebell to rarer ones such as the bugless viper and horned poppy. Each variety is described concisely, and includes information about where it can be found and the months in which it is in bloom.
Illustrated with enchanting full-page, oil paintings on every facing page, plus miniature blue monochrome reproductions with each flower labelled.
Buff matt boards with blue text to front and spine, and blue monochrome illustration on the former. Tail of spine lightly bumped; head and corners are straight. Price-clipped dust jacket has negligible scuffing to its upper extremities, but is otherwise complete and in excellent condition. Apart from the previous owner's name neatly inscribed on the flyleaf, all pages are in immaculate condition: crisp, bright, unmarked and with not so much as a speck of foxing to be found. Super-tight binding.
Although the book claims to have been first published in 1957, this is actually a reprint from c.1962, as the pastedowns are blank where the 'open-winged' ladybird pattern would normally be present.
Measures 17.5 cm × 11.5 cm (7″ × 4.6″). 12mo. 51 pp. + index.