20 col + 4 partly col lithographic plates. First edition. Scarce. 'This volume contains a detailed record of a summer holiday spent at Tenby. Nearly every day's occupation is set down, just as it occurred; tide-pool explorations, cavern searchings, microscopic examinations, scenery huntings, road-side pryings, - here they all are; a faithful narrative of how the Author was engaged for about six weeks at that pleasant little watering place.' - Preface. Written in epistolary style, the letters being addressed to 'E.', an 'esteemed relative in London', probably Gosse's brother-in-law, Edmund Elford Bowes (1808-1877). All the plates except three depict microscopic forms and were drawn by the author. Adverts at rear dated Jan. 1856. Freeman & Wertheimer 67, binding variant a
8vo, orig. cloth, boards with blind floral frame and double-ruled border, gt title to spine, rubbed/worn, faded; split to rear joint/spine neatly refixed. Owner's name and bookseller’s blind stamp to endpaper. Minor foxing to frontis, otherwise all plates clean. A good copy. 
Author Gosse, P.H.
Publisher John van Voorst
Illustrator Gosse, P.H.
Pages xviii, 400, [8 - ads] + [4 - ads]