Monday, March 10, 2008

VICTORIAN FLORAL BIRTHDAY BOOK:


I mentioned this the other day and thought it would be nice to say more about it. The story is that a Victorian floral birthday book was found abandoned in an attic and some years after having it restored, Bernard - being an artist - decided to interpret it in his own way. He begged, borrowed and stole the flowers, plants for the 366 days involved and after a year, his book was published. This was 20 years ago when he was my neighbour near Sancreed, in West Penwith in Cornwall.

Here's the cover and apologies for the little rip in top l.h. corner (that Yang is a naughty boy!)



Here's the lead-in page for March



here are the first three days of March......just a little taster. I hope by the time Blogger uploads this that you can click on it and magnify it to see the really intricate painting and read the words.

If anyone reading this would like me to scan and post their birthday flower, just let me know.

6 comments:

Vanillalotus said...

Wow that looks like a beautiful book. I would like to see my flower. Today is my birthday march 10.

ladyluz said...

Hi Priscilla - and I hope you've spent your birthday doing what you like best.

I will post your floral page very soon.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

What a truly lovely book Pam. Loved those paintings, they are so very well done, every little detail. Clicking the pics works a treat! BTW my birthday is November 25.

kate smudges said...

This is a beautifully-illustrated book ... I'd love to see what my birthday showed. It is on 13 December.

Kathleen said...

Oh, what a fabulous find. I'd love to see my birthday flower if you have the time. It's August 21st. Thanks! and enjoyed your blog.

Becky said...

Oh sweet!

Please show me what December 12th says, that is when my first grandchild was born!
Thank you.