Album of Pressed European Flowers. Pressed flowers, B B.
Album of Pressed European Flowers
Album of Pressed European Flowers
Album of Pressed European Flowers
Album of Pressed European Flowers

Album of Pressed European Flowers

n.p. n.p., 1853-55. Hardcover. Oblong 8vo. (about 4½ by 7½ inches.) 50 leaves (i.e., 100 pages) of stiff paper mostly white but some leaves of a grayish color. 41 leaves have been used; 9 remain in the rear without specimens. Contemporary binding pebbled morocco, all edges gilt. All original work. The title page is inscribed "Hard to please, her book", a skull and crossbones and "Sic Vita!". The first page contains two arrangements of flowers noted as Florence, Christmas Day. The next page gives us Cascine, Sunday Jan. 8th with two further dried arrangements. The book progresses through the Boboli Gardens, Top of the Duomo, many places in Rome (April), Naples (May), back to Florence, then a dried wreath pattern with "Italy 1854 B. B. fecit". The Tyrol. Constance, Paris (March, 1855), Roslyn Castle, London, and ends in London. The specimens are well preserved; a very few are noted lacking or detached, the morocco biding is lightly rubbed and a little discolored but overall this is a very good example of an early Victorian pressed flower album from a two year trip to the continent. We only wish we knew the identity of 'B.B.". Laid in is a card from Cairo dated Christmas 1888 containing a pressed arrangement of dried flowers highlighting a cross: "Blumen des hl. Landes" (Flowers of the Holy Land) and signed "E.W.H." Very good. Item #18735

Price: $450.00

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