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The language of flowers.

[Great Britain] : [publisher not identified], [approximately 1860]
Physical Description:
1 sheet : illustrations ; 26 x 26 cm, folded to 15 x 8 cm and 1 envelope : illustrations ; 9 x 16 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QK84 .L34 1860 Box
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Printed paper floral doily, with verse and illustrations on each side. The sheet bears eight folds radiating from the center (with portions of the sheet cut out along each fold), dividing each side into eight panels. Each panel depicts a variety of flower, under which is written the name of the flower, with verse (apparently original) describing the meaning associated with the flower. Fourteen varieties are thus presented. The two remaining panels are composed entirely of mirrored images of a passion flower. When the sheet is folded in, these two images serve as the exterior of each side, to resemble a small nosegay.
The work was issued in a white paper envelope, the front of which bears the title (The language of flowers) and an elaborate floral design, printed primarily in gold.
Subject Terms:
Botanical literature -- Great Britain.
English poetry -- 19th century.
Flower language.
Flowers -- Symbolic aspects.
Flowers in literature.
Chromolithographs -- 1860.
Cut-paper works.
IIIF Manifest:

  • The flower varieties comprise: [On front] Orange blossom
  • Dwarf sun flower
  • Red chrysanthemum
  • Sweet William
  • Forget me not
  • Daisy
  • [On back] Dahlia
  • Scarlet geranium
  • Red pink
  • Ranunculus
  • Jonquil
  • Variegated tulip
  • Canterbury bell
  • Moss rose bud.

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