Philadelphia: H.C. Peck & Teo Bliss, 1853. Early edition. Original publisher's cloth binding ornately stamped in gilt to spine and boards. All edges brightly gilt. Yellow endpapers. Early ownership signature of Martha Irvine Sumner to front endpaper. Internally clean, with just the faintest bit of light scattered foxing mostly contained at preliminaries and margins. Hand-colored frontis and five additional hand-colored plates in lovely condition.
A charming example of Victorian women merging the increasingly popular field of botany with poetry and etiquette. Dumont's work takes into account multiple cultures' appreciation for flowers -- as objects of study, gifts for exchange, or literary symbols -- and pulls useful information into one place. In addition to lovely hand-colored illustrations, the book includes information on over 100 flowers (scientific names, popular associations or symbolism, and references in poetry) as well as chapters on growing and cultivating flowers throughout the year. Fine (Item #3205)