The Fairyland of Science by Arabella. B. Buckley


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Edward Standford. 1899. 247 pages. B/w illustrations and engravings in text. Minor rubbing to edges, occasional foxing. A small mark, of what appears to be white plant on the spine decoration. Very good copy. Scarce. Beautiful gilt illustrated boards, angels gazing amongst vines and trees at the majesty of the sun. 

Originally a set of lectures delivered to children in 1878 as an introduction to science

"I have promised to introduce you today to the fairy-land of science - a somewhat bold promise, seeing that most of you probably look upon science as a bundle of dry facts, while fairy-land is all that is beautiful, and full of poetry and imagination. But I thoroughly believe myself, and hope to prove to you, that science is full of beautiful pictures, of real poetry, and of wonder-working fairies..."

'The ancient Greeks worshipped the sun, and condemned to death one of their great philosophers, named Anaxagoras, because he denied that it was a god. We can scarcely wonder at this when we see what the sun does for our world; but we know it is a huge globe made of gases and fiery matter, and not a god. We are grateful of the sun instead of to him, and surely we shall look at him with new interest, now that we can picture his tiny messengers, the sunbeams, flitting over all space, falling upon our earth , giving us light to see with, and beautiful colours to enjoy, warming the air and the earth#, making the refreshing rain, and, in a word, filling our life with gladness and happiness.'