Today, whilst sorting through paperwork, I came across a little green and gold hardback'd book. It looked quite old, the pages were worn and turned at the edges. I opened it to look inside, I did not recognise the font but the book was full of poems and beautiful illustrations of hedgerow flowers on each page. The front cover was divided into four sections by a gold line connecting to an oval shape in the centre with yellow wording which read; "The Floral Birthday Book," at each corner section there was a picture of a wild flower.
The book was small three inches wide by four inches long and small enough to slip into a pocket. When I held it in my hand I wanted to hold onto it but it felt fragile and well used. As I opened it I found there were no dates of when it had been written. Between the first three pages parchment paper was inserted between two full page illustrations. On the fifth page I found "Flowers and their Emblems", with appropriate selections from the poets with 368 Illustrations. On following pages, I read the names of each poet and on the following page their poems. The edges of each page were red and I felt I wanted to wear gloves so as not to damage the paper. On each page there were three sets of poems and three sets illustrations. The next page was blank but it had been divided into three individual spaces. Two section on this particular page had names yet other sections within the book were blank. I found the name of W Foster on one of the illustrations and then noticed that the little book had been printed by Edmund Evans.
My curiosity took me online to see if I could find any history on this little book. To my delight I found a similar book but it wasn't as pretty as mine. The book online was covered in brown cloth with a gilt tool edging and yellow pages inside. It is believed to have been written in 1876 and this one like mine had no inscriptions on it which made it the original. Printed by Edmund Evans.
Has anyone come across a similar book to this one?