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vintage 1910s book // How the Know the Wild Flowers

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A lovely antique book written by Frances Theodora Parsons (a.k.a. Mrs. William Starr Dana), amateur botanist and author. I've read that the book was something of a sensation in its day, the first printing selling out in five days; and garnered favorable responses from Theodore Roosevelt and Rudyard Kipling, among others.


How to Know the Wild Flowers:
A Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of our Common Wild Flowers
(New edition with color plates)

Illustrated by Marion Satterlee and Elsie Louise Shaw

Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1910
(first edition published in 1893, new edition with color plates first published in 1900)

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+Green hard cover book with stylized vines and gold lettering
+346 pages with many black and white illustrations and color plates
+book plate on the inside cover: "EX LIBRIS MARY E. SMEDLEY"
+cover designed by famed cover illustrator of the late 19th c.-early 20th c., Margaret Armstrong
+measures: 7 7/8" x 5 1/4" x 1 1/2"

overall very good for a book that's 100+ years old. there is some minor cover wear, a bit of looseness in the spine, torn paper that protects the frontispiece, some plant matter that appears to have been pressed inside the pages by specimen collector, some dog-earing of pages.


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vintage 1910s book // How the Know the Wild Flowers


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: paper, book cloth, board
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