According to Season: Talks About the Flowers in the Order of Their Appearance in the Woods and Fields
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902.
New and Enlarged Edition; First Illustrated Edition. Hardcover. “When we learn to call the flowers by name we take the first step toward a real intimacy with them…” This 1902 ode to wildflowers takes the reader by the hand and shows, season by season, what she can expect to find on a woodland ramble with book in hand. This flower-filled guide to the great outdoors is written by a woman, Frances Theodora Parsons (1861–1952), author of the first field guide to North American wildflowers, illustrated in 32 full color plates by a woman, the naturalist and botanical artist Elsie Louise Shaw, and with its supremely lovely binding designed by a woman, the great Art Nouveau book designer Margaret Armstrong (who later penned the first comprehensive guide to the wild flowers of the American West).
8" X 5 3/8". xiv, 197pp, plus publisher's ads. Presents nicely in protective archival jacket. This beautiful publisher's cloth binding is the work of Margaret Armstrong, with her monogram to lower right. Bound in full forest green cloth over boards, with netted blooms and buds stamped in black and white to upper board, vines in black to spine, and both lettered in gilt. Mild wear to binding, with some gentle bumping and rubbing to extremities and light scattered rubbing to rear board. Previous owner's name pencilled to bottom corner of title page. Binding is sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated in tissue-guarded frontispiece and 31 full color plates. Very good. Item #12902