Souvenir dried flower albums

[Palestine Herbals]. Blumen des Heiligen Lande[s]. Flowers of the Holy Land. Fleurs de la Terre Sainte. Tsvety iz' Svyatoy Zemli.

Jerusalem, [ca. 1880].

Small oblong 8vo (105 x 170 mm). 2 albums, each with lithographed title-page and 12 plates with mounted flowers, dried and pressed on cardboard with letterpress captions; tissue guards. Original olive wood covers with bevelled edges and cloth spine (giltstamped but oxydized); hand-painted title "Jerusalem" enclosed within inlaid ornamental borders.


Lovely souvenir albums of mounted dried and pressed flowers, sold to tourists of the Holy Land as mementoes of their journey. The displays are painstakingly arranged, either in the manner of still lifes, or the flowers forming various ornaments, including the Star of David, vases, and arches, while several plates also show them entwined around a Christian cross. Each arrangement has a printed caption in English, German, French and Russian, noting the place where the flowers were picked (including Jericho, Bethlehem, and Mount Zion).

A long and narrow splint of olive wood chipped away from the top edge of one album's lower board. Spines a little rubbed, wooden boards slightly scratched in places. A charming, uncommon set.

Cf. OCLC 319258879.

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