Flowers)ALLEN, Mrs. THE
VIEWS AND FLOWERS FROM GUZERAT AND RAJPOOTANA. Dedicated,
by permission to The Viscount and Viscountess Falkland.
London: Paul Jerrard, n.d.(ca. 1860).
A scarce and appealing color plate gift book depicting the native flowers and familiar scenery of colonial India. The author's husband, the Rev. G. L. Allen, was a chaplain in the region around Deesa and Mount Aboo. Mrs. Allen's text, printed in red, alternatively describes exotic Indian flowering plants and significant local sites that would have been of interest to British travellers, but of greatest interest are the vibrant hand colored lithographic plates which illustrate these subjects. The botanical plates consist of a floral spray frontispiece, "Mountain Ebony or Banhinia," "Karbee/WildFlower," "White Elephant creeper and yellow hibiscus," "The Jungle Tree, Torri and Iron Tree," "The Jungle Tree, Seymal and Wild Pomegranate," and "The Ink Tree & Stramonium." Each of these illustrations are rendered in strong but delicately applied color and often show an appropriate indigenous insect or butterfly in the composition. The six plates of scenery present views ranging from that of the "Aboo Lawrence School" to the "Shah Baugh or Royal Garden." The volume, typical of the popular decorative gift books published by Paul Jarrard, is an epitome of the Victorian English taste, both esthetically and in its joined subjects: empire and flowers. Quarto (27 x 18.5 cm); 15 ff. including hand-colored lithographed frontispiece, 12 color plates, text printed in red + 1 page of publisher's ads printed in gilt.
Original decorative green cloth with gilt Indian motif and floral design and gilt title lettering on upper cover, lightly soiled and rubbed at extremities, spine ends gently worn; internally tight as well as fresh and bright.
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