n.p. [Neuhaus or Nurnberg?]: n.p., n.d. [c. 1870]. Card Covers. Sixth Edition of this popular pastime, published in at least nine editions, although few copies survive. Royal 8vo (331 x 249mm): six-page descriptive letter press with parallel texts in French, German, and English, identifying each flower and giving its symbolic significance, and 50 colored flower die-cuts to be inserted into the slots of four card plates to create bouquets and garlands. Original brown quarter linen and paperboard chemise with string ties, color lithograph onlay to front board; handsome oval bookseller's ticket to front paste-down: "Cadlers. Fabrik u. Handlung v. Lehrmitteln. Hamburg. 4 Scholviens Passage 4." Light wear and soiling to chemise, minor occasional soiling to four panels, but a remarkable survival, rarely found with all 50 flower die cuts and the text letter press. Osborne Coll. I, p. 420 (wanting the letterpress booklet). Near Fine+. Item #BB2421
A charming floral arrangement toy or game. From the instruction booklet: “Rational entertainment by forming bouquets and garlands in endless variation from the most beautiful flowers. The several flowers are placed on one of the 4 Cartons in the incisions made for this purpose; thus the most elegant bouquets and garlands are produced either according to free choice of the flowers, or the time of the year in which they bloom, or their symbolic signification as given here." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).