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The fête of the flowers

Giraud, Jane Elizabeth, approximately 1820-approximately 1919
[Place of publication not identified]: [publisher not identified], 1860


Digital Facsimile

50 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm

"Your voiceless lips, O flowers! are living preachers; Each cup a precept, every leaf a book. Supplying to my fancy numerous teachers From loneliest nook."

The mansucript, presumably in the artist's hand, is comprised of two parts. The first section opens with an illustrated title page, dated 1860, with the title: The fête of the flowers, framed in part by lilies and roses. Following are eight handwritten pages of light verse about flowers, with each page of text flanked by a full-page watercolor of a floral bouquet depicting the flowers addressed in the accompanying poem. The verso of each page of text and each illustration is blank. The second section of the manuscript begins on page [33] with an illustrated title page with the title: "Blossoms and berries," followed by eight watercolors of various berries, wild roses, and deadly nightshade without any accompanying text. The verso of each watercolor illustration is blank.

Two blank leaves precede the title page and 2 blank leaves follow the final page of the manuscript, which is also blank.

Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

Lott, Linda. Four seasons of flowers : a selection of botanical illustrations from the Rare Book Collection at Dumbarton Oaks. Washington, D.C. : Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, ©2013.


Physical Description

Lib. copy has pencilled noted in unidentified hand on recto of second front free endpaper: "Jane Elizabeth Giraud, 1860. Authoress of 'Flowers of Milton', '" " Shakespeare."





Flowers -- Pictorial works.; Bouquets -- Pictorial works.; Posies -- Pictorial works.; Flowers in literature -- Pictorial works.