Vase of Flowers. Edited by Anna Elizabeth. Boston: J. Buffum [n.d.] (1851)
(85 x 55 mm) pp. 96. Gilt fore-edges. Bound in green publisher’s cloth, which has suffered fading. Gilt stamping still visible. Internally, some spotting. Overall FAIR to GOOD condition.
The Victorians loved flower symbolism. And how could you decode your beloved’s hidden floral messages to you if you didn’t have one of the many book offering succinct explanations for the bouquet of semiotics you’ve just been presented with. The Vase of Flowers pairs a quick description of the flower with a short deciphering of the symbolism, and a little snippet of poetry on the symbolic sentiment, just to get the flavour of the emotion across.