As we do today, people in Edwardian times kept pets — but then they sort of went overboard.
First published in 1907 by ornithologist Frank Finn, this charming book is now available on Amazon Kindle. Editor Merridy Cox has annotated the entries and added biographical information and a photo of the author.
The “pets” in Part I, Beasts, include monkeys, ferrets, rabbits, mice, squirrels, deer, and a wallaby. The annotations include the advice, “don’t do this at home!”
If you are curious about how people living in the Edwardian era looked after the animals on their estates, Frank Finn’s explanations are very revealing. For example, should you care to keep a fox as a pet, you should know that it is smelly and given to hoarding food. If it is tame enough, you may want to take it out for the sport of ratting.
Authors of Edwardian fiction use this book as a resource for life style information.
This book is suitable for children old enough to read about three different ways to cook a guinea pig.
7 March 2014: Ranked #5 in the Mammals category.
This book is also classified under Reference: Pets.
On 11 May 2014, the book ranked #2 in its category for paid books in the Kindle store
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)