London: W. H. Allen & Co., 1890.
A New Edition. Hardcover. There's no need to ruminate over whether this stunning edition of Wild Flowers Worth Notice is indeed worth notice--its showstopping cover is sure to pluck your attention from any shelf. Penned by British botanist and science popularizer Phoebe Lankester (1825–1900), this tribute to wild flowers urges you on to new adventures, whether rambling through the world on sunny days, spotting wild flowers for their beauty or useful properties, or spending your rainy evenings poring over the traditions, legends, and poetical fancies associated with each blossom. Wild Flowers Worth Notice comes illustrated in a bouquet of 18 tissue-guarded chromolithographic plates throughout, totalling 108 vivid, full color figures from drawings by John Edward Sowerby (1825–1870). Open these blossom-bedecked covers and discover why the Welsh call the humble Wood Sorrel, which covers North America and is oft-confused with clover, "fairy bells" and how to use it to call the elves to "Moonlight dance and revelry," or why the Druids considered it a mysterious symbol of a trinity and why St. Patrick chose its leaf as his symbol, or how it abounds in oxalic acid, which is the reason why the Russians use an infusion of the leaves as a cooling drink, or how to use "salt of sorrel" to remove ink-stains from linen--which will come in handy should you upturn your inkpot in your scramble to capture its likeness in your own botanical adventures, inspired by all you've learned in Wild Flowers Worth Notice.
7 3/8" X 5 1/8". xx, 159pp. Bound in full cobalt blue cloth over boards, with blossoms in black and gilt to upper board and spine, decoratively lettered in bright gilt to both and with bee stamped in gilt to upper board as well. Moderate wear to binding, with some darkening to spine, rubbing to extremities, tiny neat tears to spine ends, corners turned in, and slight lean to spine. All edges gilt. Gray coated endpapers. Previous owner's name to front free endpaper. Hinges tender, and some gatherings proud and uneven; binding remains quite firm and sound. Occasional foxing to pages and plates throughout, heaviest at preliminary pages. Illustrated in 18 tissue-guarded, full color plates, with the last plate lacking its tissue-guard. Good +. Item #7812