Flores Poetici. The Florist's Manual: designed as an introduction to vegetable physiology and systematic botany fo cultivators of flowers
Boston: Munroe and Francis; New York: Charles S. Francis, 1833. 8vo. 288pp., with 73 hand-coloured illustratrations. Scattered minor foxing.
Publisher's green cloth, rebacked with the original spine laid down
Provenance: Isabella Batchelder (contemporary inscription)
Early American amateur florist's manual with colored plates.
Intended for those seeking to study botany as a past-time rather than from a serious scientific perspective, Bourne's manual provides descriptions of of over 100 flowers, with general comments on taxonomy, classification and more. Each charming, hand colored illustratration is accompanied by verse. Rare and not listed in the usual bibliographies.