Floral Belles from the Greenhouse and Garden.
New York: Charles Scribner, 1867. Large folio, (430x325mm), frontispiece and 15 lithographed plates of flowers hand-coloured by the artist, each with an accompanying poem, publisher’s full green morocco, the upper cover with a wide border and a centrepiece of the title in elaborate display lettering intertwined with foliage tooled in gilt, the rear cover with the same border in blind, a fine copy.
A magnificent example of a de luxe gift book designed to appeal to the carriage-trade of 19th century New York; it is considered among the finest folio flower books issued in America. A calligraphic inscription on a front blank, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Miss Jennie B. Bleecker with pleasant reminiscences of the past and best wishes for the future from her friend, Philip Schaff. New York, Nov. 10, 1874” bears this out, the recipient being a member of an wealthy New York Family. The donor, Philip Schaff (1819 -1893) was a Swiss-born Protestant theologian and ecclesiastical historian who was a professor at the Union Theological Seminary, NYC from 1870 till his death. [vide: Wikipedia]
The publisher’s morocco binding was issued in various colours; we have notice of black, red and the present green which we judge the most pleasing and appropriate, particularly when it is in such fine condition.
Reference: Nissen BBI 56
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