A Victorian Flower Album by Henry Terry lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Allen Lane / Godfrey Cave Associates, 1978, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated with coloured line drawings. From the cover: The colours of the most lovingly pressed flowers fade, and the vivid joys of childhood are all too mistily remembered, but for two little girls and a boy in Oxfordshire their Victorian Papa made, one spring and summer in 1873, this perfect keepsake.
Here are captured in watercolour and held in all their glory the wildflowers for which the children had hunted in the meadows, as bright as on the day they were picked. No impressionism here, but exquisitely faithful recording, portraits of their treasures such as children would have loved to have. Here is a sense of wonder at the trumpeting blue of the humble bugloss, here the excitement of discovery of the exotic that had seeded itself so bravely on the Bishop of Oxfords lawn. The Latin as well as the English names are duly recorded for the childrens improvement, but there is no academic arrangement by species or by the alphabet we see them just as they were brought triumphantly into the house each day. Bring this book into any room and there comes with it the air, almost the scents of that summer, as they did for the publisher who happened upon it in a bookshop where it had been brought by a descendant of Henry Terry for advice on the rebinding of the family treasure.
Introduction by: Bridget Boland
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with nicks to the tail of the spine and the head of the lower panel. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 119 pages. Index. 8¾” x 10¾”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Social History category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!