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Bourne, H[erman].
Flores Poetici. The Florist's Manual: Designed as an Introduction to Vegetable Physiology and Systematic Botany, for Cultivators of Flowers.

Boston Munroe and Francis: 1833.

A nice copy of an early and uncommon American florist's manual. The book is most notable for its 73 delicately hand-colored wood engravings of flowers. Bourne was a former editor of the 'Literary Magazine' who apparently found hot-house primulas preferable to New York prima donnas.

Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 288 pages, with 73 hand-colored engravings in the text. Original green floral-patterned cloth. Covers a bit rubbed and soiled, with some wear at the spine head and base, tips bumped. Contents with some light scattered browning and a little scattered soil. Bookplate. Evidently ex-institutional, with a very faint blindstamp on the title page and several light inked numbers on the reverse.

Inventory #: 31589
Price: $ 4500.00      

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