The Flowers of Shakspeare (Shakespeare)

Shakespeare, William; Illustrated by Jane Elizabeth Giraud

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Place Published: [London]
Publisher: Day & Haghe, Lithographers to the Queen
Date Published: [1845]
Binding: Hardcover
Book Id: 37838


Quarto [31.5 cm] Rebacked with modern green cloth and the title lettered in gilt. Original green ornately embossed cloth over boards, with a decorative gilt stamped title on the front cover. All edges gilt. Re-enforced hinges. Lithographed title page. Contains 27 of 29 beautifully hand colored chromolithographic plates. With elegant illuminated colored Capital letters crowning the text of each plate, and the names of the flowers in the quotations hand-colored in blue. The illustrator's dedication is dated February, 18th, 1845. Good plus. The covers are rubbed, and subtly darkened and stained. The underlying boards are exposed along the edges. There is a contemporary gift inscription on the front free endpaper, and a contemporary owner's card has been mounted to this page as well. The card is slightly offset on the front pastedown. The text block is cracked at the title page. The pages and tissue guards are mildly age-toned and just a little foxed, and there are a couple of minor chips in two of the fore edge margins. There are a number of light stains on the verso of plate 27. The following plates are present: Wheat, Rye, Barley, Vetches, Oats, Peas; Briers, Furzes, Gorse, Thorn; Violets; Roses of the Spring; Oak. Myrtle; Honeysuckles; Crimson Rose, Summer Buds; Love-in-idleness; Wild-Thyme, Oxlips; Violet, Woodbine, Musk-roses, Eglantine; Daisies, Violets, Ladiesmocks, Cuckoo-buds; Green Holly; Hawthorns, Brambles; Lavender, Mints, Savory, Marjoram, Marigold; Daffodils, Violets, Primroses, Oxlips, Crown-imperial lilies, Flower-de-luce; Carnations, Gillyflowers; Oaks, Briers; Rosemary, Pansies, Fennel, Columbines, Rue, Daisy, Violets; Willow, Crow flowers, Nettles, Daisies, Long-purples; Primrose, Hare-bell, Eglantine, Moss; Small flower; Fumiter, Furrow-weeds, Harlocks, Hemlock, Nettles, Cuckoo-flowers, Darnel, Idle weeds, Corn; Sampire; Strawberry, Nettle, Summer-grass; Cowslip, Burnet, Clover, Docks, Thistles, Kecksies, Burs; Red rose, White (rose); Four Red Roses on a Stalk; Moss, Mistletoe, Yew.


Plates drawn by E.I.G./I.E.G. (Jane Elizabeth Giraud). Day & Haghe, was an early Victorian firm of lithographic printing, created by William Day and Louis Haghe in London in 1829. Their lithographs were so beautifully thought out and technically executed that in 1838, Day and Haghe were selected to be "Lithographers to the Queen."