GREENAWAY, Kate. Language of Flowers. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. Printed in Colours by Edmund Evans. London: George Routledge and Sons, [n.d., 1884].
First edition. Twelvemo (5 13/16 x 4 3/16 inches; 146 x 117 mm.). 80 pp. Color-printed wood-engraved text illustrations.
Original imitation white morocco boards. Front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt within a triple rule border, back cover stamped in blind with a triple rule border. All edges gilt. Light green endpapers. A bit of wear to upper joint. A fine copy.
"Although this book was published in an edition of 19,500 copies, John Ruskin complained: ĎThere is no joy and very, very little interest in any of these Flower book subjects, and they look as if you had nothing to paint them with but starch and camomile tea.' Kate Greenaway, in a letter to Mrs. Arthur Severn, said: ĎMr. Ruskin thinks it very badÖI am very disgusted myselfóonly I don't feel I am so much to blame as the printers, who have literally blotted every picture out'" (Osborne Collection).
Osborne Collection I, p. 201. Schuster & Engen 107 (1f). Thomson 79d and 79e.
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