London: Ward, Lock, & Bowden, Limited, circa 1880.
Hardcover. "It was only natural, that from an early period, and throughout all lands, flowers should have been chosen as emblems of thoughts and sentiments, and invested with a language of their own...Round many a flower beautiful thoughts cluster..." So is introduced this unparalleled circa 1880s pocket-sized companion for lovers and florists the world over. Strewn through the pages of this guide to the meanings of flowers are lovely and delicate illustrations in full-page form, head- and tail-pieces, and vignettes. Each meaning is accompanied by verse from the English poets Shakespeare, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and others, with Goethe and Poe snuck in. Turning these palm-sized pages, you’ll find delight in the complexity of meanings we have found in flowers, from a simple garden daisy meaning “I share your sentiments” to that “rustic oracle” the dandelion. The vast and variegated meanings of the different colors of roses alone will give you all the words you need to let your lover know how you feel. Did you know that the cabbage rose is the “Ambassador of Love,” that red and white roses together declare unity, or that an Austrian rose means “Thou art all that is lovely”? Allow this stunning Victorian guide to the language of flowers delight and inform you in equal measure and aid you in every romantic endeavor.
6 1/8" X 4 1/8". 128pp. Royal blue cloth over boards, with bouquet and floral flourishes stamped in black to upper board and spine, both lettered in banners of bright gilt. All edges gilt. Mild shelfwear to binding, with rubbing to extremities and gentle bumping to corners. Binding is sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. Very good +. Item #5756