THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: AN ALPHABET OF FLORAL EMBLEMS.
London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1872. A beautifully preserved, gold-printed Victorian language of flowers in a Mauchline ware binding. Each page of the text is gilt printed and bordered in gilt rule. There are actually two works bound together here: " The Language of Flowers: An Alphabet of Floral Emblems " and, separately paginated,"The Poetry of Flowers". The first part contains a listing of flowers and the sentiments associated with them and another listing by sentiment and the flowers which represent them; also, there is a poem by (Mrs.) Hemans on the flower dial and a listing of the flowers of the dial with their opening times. Poems by Percival and Hoffman follow. In the second title, there is a poem for each page dedicated to one flower and its emblem. A lovely volume in a gift or tourist binding of Mauchline, Scotland, made from sycamore onto which ferns were place for pattern, then removed, followed by a varnishing of the pattern. With a gilt- ruled and raised band leather spine, lettered "Floral Emblems." 16mo (10.5 x 7.1 cm); chromolithographed floral frontispiece + 61 + (1)pp. ; (ii) + 64 pp.
Bound in Mauchline binding with fern design transfer patterns on upper and lower covers. Spine in green leather with 6 compartments separated by gilt- ruled raised bands, five of which have ornaments, one has the gilt title " Floral Emblems". A.E.G. ; very faint offsetting to half title and title from chromolithographed frontispiece, previous owners printed label and address on free endpaper, else fine.
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