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An autumn walk to the farm

“A Nursery Book of Science” by The Cockiolly Bird. Pictures by Percy J. Billinghurst. Published by T. C. & E. C. Jack of London, [1885-1913]. After extensive strictly amateur research online, I am not at all sure this was written by the Cockiolly Bird. A reissue of this with the same text and pictures has been attributed to James Richard ‘Ainsworth’ Davis by Frederick Stokes on the title page. Graham ‘Clifton’ Bingham, who is widely assumed to be the Cockiolly Bird, worked mostly in verse and is well known for song writing. This book is all prose designed for the nursery, and Davis was a scholar in many things natural, especially zoology and physiology. And the color illustrations? Do they look like anything Billinghurst has done to anyone else?


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Taken on October 2, 2011