ORACLES DE FLORE.
Paris: Chez Janet, n.d. (ca 1816). An early floral game and fortune-teller based on the symbolic meaning of flowers. The thirty-six flowers used in the game are each assigned a specific meaning. As such, it is one of the very few "language of flowers" books to have been published prior to Charlotte Latour. It was also the basis for numerous other 19th century romantic and prophetic floral games based on the "meaning" of individual flowers. Rare; OCLC locates only 2 copies (Netherlands, and Poland) Plesch pg. 194. 18mo (12 x 7.5 cm); (2) + (8) + 152 pp. + engraved title with hand-colored rose + 6 color plates of flowers and 2 engraved plates of playing cards.
Contemporary full sheep, worn at corners and spine extremities; text foxed.
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