The Flower Vase - Language Of Flowers Victorian Floriography Symbology Rare 1848

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 10, 2015
  • Channel: Auction House
You're bidding on "The Flower Vase; Containing The Language Of Flowers And Their Poetic Sentiments", a miniature - 3" X 4 1/2" - book by Miss S.C. Edgarton, published 1848 by Merrill And Heywood, Lowell, MA. Floriography, or the communication of sentiments through the use or arrangements of flowers, is a time-honored tradition that boomed to its zenith during the Victorian period. The Victorian flower code assigned a meaning to each flower, based on its appearance and character, and were often given or displayed in arrangements to send coded messages that could not be expressed aloud. This small book provides a brief description of dozens of flower types from Amaranth to Zinnia, along with the symbology and a brief poem attempting to encapsulate it. Most of the poems are by the author, and believe it or not, the poetry in this little volume is actually pretty good! It's also a nice decorative piece, with red cover stamped with gilded graphic of a flower girl on the front and title on the spine within an ornate period design. Pages are gilded on three sides. There is what looks like a stamped color illustration of a flower vase opposite the frontispiece, and most of the pages have a decorative endpiece graphic unless the poem takes up the whole page.
Cover has some mild soil and slight edge and corner rubbing, but retains its
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