The instructive picture book; or, Lessons from the vegetable world

Charlotte M. Yonge, Edinburgh, 1857 (Q.13.32)

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Spring flowers

The text of this educational book on botany is by Charlotte M. Yonge (1823-1901), better known as a novelist.  She had a strongly religious upbringing and spent most of her life in her native village of Otterbourne, near Winchester.  The greater part of the book consists of 31 hand-coloured plates by Robert Mackenzie Stark (1815-1873) who also illustrated a companion volume to this, on plants and animals, with text by Adam White.  The book covers flowers by season, kitchen vegetables and roots, plants useful in domestic economy and the arts, forage or field plants, grains, poisonous plants (the largest section of the work) and fruits.

More illustrations from Q.13.32:

Coloured engravings of British fungi
British fungi
Coloured engravings of poisonous plants
Poisonous plants
Coloured engravings of vegetables and roots
Kitchen vegetables and roots
Cover of "The instructive picture book; or, Lessons from the vegetable world"
Book cover

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