The Language & Sentiment of Flowers by J. McCabe

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This colorful Victorian book evokes an age gone by—before the days of email and overnight shipping—when communication between people was a very special occasion, made more difficult by time and space.

To Victorian letter-writers of the West a new, exotic and secret language came from the East—communicating through flowers. The language of flowers became so refined in the nineteenth century that this dictionary was necessary. Using this source, one could send a message of reproach, passion, friendship, quarrel or a myriad of other sentiments singly and combined via a simple bouquet without ever penning a single word.