Earle, Alice Morse

Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday

  • First edition, first printing and a lovely copy. This charming and comprehensively illustrated volume discuses all manner of sundials and their history and symbolism, including garden sundials, municipal and architectural sundials, and portable sundials dating from the medieval to the modern era in Europe and America. There are also chapters on roses and rose symbolism in western history. "Author, collector, and historian Alice Morse Earle (1851–1911) was among the most important and prolific writers of her day. Between 1890 and 1904, she produced seventeen books as well as numerous articles, pamphlets, and speeches about the life, manners, customs, and material culture of colonial New England. Earle’s work coincided with a surge of interest in early American history, genealogy, and antique collecting, and more than a century after the publication of her first book, her contributions still resonate with readers interested in the nation’s colonial past" (University of Massachusetts Press biography).
  • Garden Delights which are here Displayed in very Truth and are Moreover regarded as Emblems. New York: The Macmillan Co., 1902. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, rose and vine pattern to spine and upper board in dark green and white, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Frontispiece and 47 plates, illustrations throughout the text. Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper, ink stamp of "Chippens Bank" to front pastedown and title page. An excellent, fresh copy.

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