Flowers and their kindred Thoughts. by JONES, Owen, and Edward…

~ Flowers and their kindred Thoughts. London: [Owen Jones at 9 Argyll Place for] Longman, 1848.

4to (255 × 176 mm), pp. [34], all printed in chromolithography with gold lettering. Occasional foxing and a few extreme margins with a narrow strip of duststaining, but generally very clean. Original blind stamped leather by Remnant and Edmonds, decorative endpapers. Slightly rubbed. Contemporary gift inscription for Christmas 1847 (this and the facing blank leaf formerly lightly pasted together, presumably to obscure the inscription, now separated) A very good copy.

First edition. The gold-printed verses are by the little-known Victorian poet Mary Ann Bacon, the flower designs by the Pre-Raphaelite painter and illuminator Bateman, and the lettering by Owen Jones. The colophon states: ‘Printed in Colours at 9 Argyll Place’, Jones’s home, just off Regent Street. McLean, Victorian Book Design and Colour Printing (2nd ed.), pp. 91-3

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