Ocean Flowers and their Teachings. By the Author of Wild Flowers and their Teachings.
Bath: Binns and Goodwin, . 8vo, iv, 146, (2, ads. and errata slip) pp. With a frontispiece and 38 leaves of mounted specimens. Original blue silk stamped in gold, rebacked with new endpapers, a remarkably good copy of this fragile and rare book. First edition. The author modestly refers to herself in the index as MMH but the BL copy identifies her as the author of Wild Flowers and thus as author of this title. The text is a strangely eccentric mix of literature (Howards favorite poetical extracts from Byron to Wordsworth) with specimens of algae, corraline and sponge, and zoophytes. The publishers (a version of a vanity press as per the advertisement in the back) also issued specimen books of flowers, and grasses, as well as numerous books in other fields from c. 1767 well into the 1860s.
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