This is one of four antique botanical prints I have available. As I've been scanning and photographing these pages (I have 4 sets available), I came to realize they are not from the same book. The text page is more like an afterthought. What I think you'll really be impressed with is the detailed design, richly saturated colors, the quality and FEEL of the floral illustration. It is like a hand-painted watercolor. (Can the stone lithography process produce a color print that feels like that?)
The colorful floral illustration is just over 5.5 by 8.5 inches. It is blank verso. The French call this flower "salicaire," but the common name is purple loosestrife.
The second page you'll receive is the text information and that page is about a quarter inch smaller. This page has been typeset.
All of these pages have small holes like those formed in book signatures when the thread is removed and pages separated, but the holes don't line up. Voila! That's when I realized these pages have been paired together but they were not originally in the same book.
Somewhere in the passing centuries, someone was determined, however, to keep the illustration with the informative text and so there are two notations. There's the obvious hot pink 195. However, look at "G.142." It is at an angle on the illustration, straight on the text page. It is not printed but has been written by hand also!
One of my favorite designer decor sites offers matted and framed antique botanical prints for $850 each. Not near as pretty as this one, which will look incredible once matted and framed. Indeed, proper matting should take care of that funky pink number! For a lot less than $850:)
You might want to pair this with one of the other prints, any of which would coordinate well. Remember: BUY MORE, Save More! Check on my home page for details on discounts I offer on multiple purchases: from $10 to $35 plus free shipping. These discounts apply even when purchasing cards already marked down and on sale.
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