20 A binding by Kate Greenaway for her book, ‘The Language of Flowers’.

Paper binding

Kate Greenaway.


A card binding with a printed image on glazed paper, engraved in colour by Edmund Evans

6 x 4¾ inches

An original design, which elegantly presents the book’s idyllic, Regency imagery in the most charming form: the symbol of a pre-industrial age and a reminder of the fact that the Victorians associated relaxation with the (supposedly) more innocent days of rural England before the coming of coal and steam.

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Photograph and text by Simon Cooke

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