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The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.
TYAS, Robert.
The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

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With Twenty-nine Plates, containing One Hundred and Seventy Figures of Plants Carefully Drawn and Beautifully Coloured, by James Andrews.

Published: London R. Tyas, 1842

Stock Code: 115930

£950

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Ninth edition, first published in 1836 with just 12 plates, this appears to be the edition with the largest number of plates. All of these early, self-published editions are uncommon, Copac offering just 5 locations for editoons between 1839 - "sixth thousand" - and 1842. In his preface Tyas (1811-79) admits his indebtedness to Charlotte de Latour's Le Langage des Fleurs, which was translated by Frederic Shoberl in 1834, becoming the "first really popular English flower book" (Seaton, The Language of Flowers: A History, p.81). Tyas was popular flower writer and publisher "whose many titles are almost an index to the demands of his middle-class audience. His various publications on the language of flowers were among the most popular in the century ... Tyas's titles show how a good populariser could combine imitation and slight innovation in presenting plant history and related materials to his audience" (p.30). However, despite his abilities, in 1872 Tyas was declared bankrupt, and, having taken Holy Orders,was appointed vicar of East Tilbury, Essex, in the same year. The plates are by James Andrews, a "good botanical illustrator" (Blunt, The At of Botanical Illustration, p.219), he was also a noted portraitist, and offered tuition in flower painting, publishing a popular guide, Lessons in Flower Painting (Tilt, 1835). This copy in a very pretty and entirely suitable binding, with a gift inscription; "Dearest Angel from Mabel, Christmas 1916" to the first binder's blank.
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Description

Octavo (202 x 123 mm). Early twentieth-century crimson morocco signed W.P.E, title gilt direct to the spine, raised bands enclosed by in single rules in black, similar border to the boards, dotted gilt edge-roll, all edges gilt, wide turn-ins with gilt panels, Forget-me-not corner-pieces, coloured appropriately, silk brocade doublures and free ends, pale fawn ground, pinstriped in pink with a repeated motif of a rose posy with organza ribbon in natural colours.

Illustrations

Delicately hand-coloured zincographic frontispiece, with tissue-guard, and 28 similar plates, many with touches of Gum Arabic.

Condition

Just a touch rubbed, the spine slightly dulled, plates lightly browned, and with neat pencilled identifications verso, overall very good indeed.

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