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FLOWERS.

The Lover's Language of Flowers;

Expressive of the Sentiments of the Heart: with Floral Poetry, Letters, &c. By a Lover of Flowers.

Wakefield: William Nicholson and Sons, [1873] Stock Code: 146013
£275.00
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An attractive collection of poetry and a dictionary of the emotions flowers express, by the anonymous "Authoress". From this work we learn that one should offer their love vervain to communicate their "irresistible influence", while offering hemlock means "You will cause my death".

The rise of floriography in England has been attributed to the writer Lady Mary Wortley Montague (bap. 1689, d. 1762). While travelling in Turkey, she observed: "There is no colour, no flower, no weed, no fruit, herb, pebble, or feather that has not a verse belonging to it: and you may quarrel, reproach, or send letters of passion, friendship, or civility, or even of news, without ever inking your fingers".

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Description

Duodecimo. Original purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt with floral tooling, covers ruled and tooled in blind, title on front cover within gilt floral design, brown endpapers, edges gilt.

Illustrations

Coloured frontispiece, illustrations in the text.

Condition

A very good, bright copy, front inner hinge cracked but firm, internally clean with no signs of previous ownership.

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