Title: Flora Symbolica, decorated green cloth cover

Creator: Ingram, John Henry, 1842-1916.

Date: 1869

Bibliographic Citation: Ingram, John Henry, 1842-1916. Flora Symbolica: or, The Language and Sentiment of Flowers, including Floral Poetry, Original and Selected / with original illustrations, printed in colours by [Charles] Terry. London: Frederick Warne & Co., New York: Scribner, Welford & Co., [1869].

Notes: This eye-catching green cloth cover to this work on The Language and Sentiment of Flowers is elaborately blocked in black and gold to frame a chromo-lithographed paper inlay at its center. In the work’s preface Ingram proudly claims his to be “the most complete work ever published,” regarding, “this science of sweet things.”

Physical Description: image.cover.colour 19,5 × 14,5 cm

Language: English

Description: Decorative cloth bindings such as this one were commonly used by publishers in the later 19th century to attract the attention of perspective buyers as they more frequently sold books in an already bound state. Mechanization had changed the printing process and meant that indiviual works now competed for attention on ever more crowded shelves. The ornamented covers also enhanced the appeal of these books as pretty gifts among friends.

Subject: Plants — Folklore.
Flower language.
Bookbinding — Specimens.
Flowers in literature.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Interpersonal Print

Exhibition Theme: Sentimental Botany

Call Number: Colgate IX.a Terry Rare Books/Special Collections – Colgate Collection

Image Identifier: 20_000083627_ingram-cover