1890 Beautiful Book bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe - Kate Greenaway - THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
Author: Illustrated by Kate Greenaway.
Title: The Language of Flower Illustrated by Kate Greenaway.
Publisher: London and New York, Frederick Warne Co. Ltd., no date (circa 1890). Printed by Edmund Evans Ltd.
Size: 6 " X 5 ".
Pages: 80 pages.
Binding: Attractive, near fine, beautiful gilt decorated full leather binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Marshall Field and Company (hinges fine) in a protective removable mylar cover
Content: Near fine content (bright, tight and clean). All edges gilt.
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated with colored picture pages by Kate Greenaway, printed by Edmund Evans. Beautiful!
The book: Scarce in such wonderful binding! This wonderful book is all about flowers and their meanings (floriography). The first part contains a list of alphabetically ordered flowers and their meaning. In the second part, the list is reversed. This way you can search for emotions and see which flower is most appropriate for it. Follow pages filled with small poems about flowers by famous writers. The last page shows the list of Greenaway's illustrations.
The illustrator: Catherine Greenaway (17 March 1846 – 6 November 1901) was an English Victorian artist and writer, known for her children's book illustrations. She received her education in graphic design and art between 1858 and 1871 from South Kensington School of Art and the Royal Female School of Art, and the Slade School of Fine Art. She began her career designing for the burgeoning holiday card market, producing Christmas and Valentine's cards. In 1879 wood-block engraver and printer, Edmund Evans, printed Under the Window, an instant best-seller, which established her reputation. Her collaboration with Evans continued throughout the 1880s and 1890s.
The depictions of children in imaginary 18th-century costumes in a Queen Anne style were extremely popular in England and internationally, sparking the Kate Greenaway style. Within a few years of the publication of Under the Window Greenaway's work was imitated in England, Germany and the United States.
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