Title: Birthday calendar, first page with inscription on facing page

Creator: Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905, printer

Date: 187-?

Bibliographic Citation: The Floral Birthday Book: Flowers and their Emblems, with Appropriate Selections from the Poets; with 368 Illustrations Engraved and Printed in Colours by Edmund Evans. London; New York: George Routledge and Sons, [187-?]

Notes: This charming book aided its owner in remembering the birthdays of friends and acquaintances. The printed calendar, which assigns a plant to each day of the year, lists an associated quality, and presents a short poem, was interleaved with blank lined pages providing a place to to record names adjacent to each day of the year.

Physical Description: image.figure (illustration).colour 13,5 × 18 cm

Language: English

Description: Additional pages of this small volume reveal names written in multiple hands, suggesting that it functioned as both a memory aid and an autograph book for its owner – a place to collect the signatures of their beloved. The printer Edmund Evans became known for exactly this sort of inclusion of vivid colour printing within an intricate page layout, which would have been something of a novelty at the time.

Subject: Birthday books.
Flowers — Symbolic aspects.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of Exhibition: Interpersonal Print

Exhibition Theme: Sentimental Botany

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

Image Identifier: 21_000075618_evans-p9