Wild Flowers of Canada
Seller ID: 2081C
Montreal: Montreal Star, n.d. [c. 1895]. Attributed to free- lance writer George Iles (1852- 1942). Montreal: Montreal Star, n.d. [c. 1895]. First edition (unpaginated). Long folio (30 cm) in a red cloth, gilt titles; featuring two hundred and eighty-eight colour plates, two to a page (16 cm x 10 cm), accompanied by notes on each of the various species. Signed ‘Emma Stanton Dymond’ with note ‘Completed June 1896’. As Emma Stanton Mellish, she was, in 1886, one of the first women to graduate University of Toronto. Offered in instalments to subscribers by the publishers of the Star, it was up to the subscriber to look after the binding. Consequently, each of the bound copies is singular (unless the neighbours clubbed together and got a group rate). Absent the flowery frontispiece. The notes focus on the decorative and apparent herbal qualities of the wild plants. An attractive and colourful Canadian flower book from around the turn of the century. Light scattered age toning and blotching as usual with this paper, but the well-drawn plates are generally bright and clear (the artists are unidentified).
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