1879. Hardcover. 24 single sided beautifully arranged delicate dried flower arrangements from some of the finest private botanical gardens and parks in Italy and Switzerland. Gathered and artistically laid out by an unidentified English visitor in the spring and summer of 1879, these flower arrangements are astonishingly well preserved, and record a dedicated flower lover's diligent efforts (while the paper itself is crumbling at edges).
The world renowned Italian gardens this garden lover visited were some of the best in Italy, located in Genoa, Pisa, Florence, Lake Como (Bellaggio), Florence, Lago Maggiore, Rome, and Pompeii.
Italian gardens' flowers represented here include:
Villa Pallavicini, Genoa, Feb 7th 1879; Villa Doria, Campo Santo, Pisa, May 1879; Cascina and Certosa, Florence, 1879; Torrigiana Garden, Florence; Villa Carlotta (Lake Como); Tre Fontana ("Eucalyptus". This plant had just been introduced to Italy; it was planted near Rome in order to dry up swampy areas breeding malaria mosquitoes), march 1879; Baveno, Lago Maggiore, June 1879; Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, June 1879; Palace of the Caesars, March 1879; Villa Borghese, Rome, March 1879; Passimists (sic) Garden & Colisseum, Rome, 1879; Catacombs, Rome; Pincio, Easter 1879; Villa Ludovici, Rome, April 1879; Pompeii & Vesuvius, March 3rd, 1879; Castellamare & Pompeii, March 1879, and and Villa Wolkonsky, Rome.
The Swiss flowers collected include: Zermatt, June 29th, 1879; Staubbach Falls, July 3rd, 1879; Kulm, July 10th 1879; and Simplon.
Some are laid down on heavier black paper stock, creating a lovely contrast.
Each page with the location of the flowers and the dates they were gathered, captioned in ink in a period hand.
Square 8vo album (6 1/4 x 7 1/2"), 24pp. Green elaborately decorated gilt stamped cloth covers. Brittle pages loose in covers, but the dried flower arrangements in very good condition. Good condition. Item #24847