Ocean Flowers and their Teachings. By the Author of “Wild Flowers and their Teachings”.

Ocean Flowers and their Teachings. By the Author of “Wild Flowers and their Teachings”.
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Bath: Binns and Goodwin, [1846]. 8vo, iv, 146, (2, ads. and errata slip) pp. With a frontispiece and 38 leaves of mounted specimens. Original full red morocco extra richly stamped in gilt, gilt backstrips, gilt edges, a remarkably fine copy of the de luxe binding on this fragile and rare book. First edition, probably fewer than 150 copies issued (the ads in the back mention another specimen book as being issued in an edition of 100 copies). 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 (Howard’s 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. (Item Id: 110664)

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