One page of this lovely illustrated book is devoted to a song from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (act 2, scene 2) crooned by Titania’s fairy attendants to lull their queen to sleep. Hedgehogs, spotted snakes, newts, and spiders—all of which the text instructs to keep their distance—appear in the elaborate border, where color lithography reproduces the brilliant effects of manuscript illumination. Married to an Anglican minister, Abrahall designed this book while moving between postings in Oxfordshire and Wales.
Harriette Charlotte Hoskyns Abrahall (British (born France), Dunkerque, Nord, ca. 1829–1915)