Anne: WILD FLOWERS
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1902. Attractive illustrations (Queen Victoria liked them) with interesting text commentary on the distribution, lore and historical usage such as bluebell juice as bookbinder's glue. iv, 96 colored plates, index, 8pp. publisher's catalogue. Teal blue boards with bright gilt lettering, black and gilt flower spray on front board and spine. Damp staining to covers at side of front and back boards with edges worn. Spine edges torn. Stamp of previous owner’s name, Slight browning to the pages. Text missing to the last plate “Small Woodruff”. 5.75" x 4.5". Volume one of two. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Anne Pratt. - over 5" - 5¾" tall.
One of the
more successful botanical artists of her gender and time. She was born on
December 5th, 1806 in Stroud,Kent, the second of three daughters of Robert
Pratt, a grocer, and Sara Bundock.
child, Anne devoted much of her time to studying instead of playing childhood
games. Consequently, she became quite learned in literary matters. She was
educated at Eastgate House, near the Rochester Museum. Because she seemed such a
lonely child, a Scottish friend of the family, Dr. Dodds, introduced her to
botany. She was instantly enthralled with the subject. Her older sister
encouraged Anne's interest by collecting plants and flowers and bringing them
back to the house. In this way, Anne accumulated a fine herbarium and continued
to sketch and study plants.
In 1826, when
she was twenty years old, Anne Pratt left home and moved to Brixton to live with
friends. There, she tried to get her work published. It took her several years
before her first book appeared in print.
The majority of this collection is of either extinct or rare Wild flowers.