Souvenir dried flower albums

[Palestine Herbal]. Asefat perahim ve-tsiyure mekomot ha-kedoshim be-Erets ha-kodesh Yerushalayim. Blumen u. Ansichten aus dem Heiligen Lande Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, lith. A. L. Mohnsohn, [ca. 1914].

Small oblong 8vo (102 x 164 mm). Album with 12 plates, including lithographed title-page and 11 sets of mounted flowers, dried and pressed on cardboard with letterpress captions opposite colour-printed views; tissue guards. Original olive wood covers with bevelled edges and cloth spine.


Lovely souvenir album of mounted dried and pressed flowers, sold to tourists of the Holy Land as mementoes of their visit. The displays are painstakingly arranged, either in the manner of still lifes, or the flowers forming various ornaments, vases, and wreaths, while others show them entwined around a Christian cross. Each arrangement has a printed caption in English, German, French and Russian, noting the place where the flowers were picked (including Hebron, Mount Olivet, and Mount Zion).

One plate loose. Inscribed on the front flyleaf by a contemporary collector: "Jerusalem 1914. Febr. 11-17". Hungarian armorial bookplate "Andreánszky Olga" to lower cover.

Cf. OCLC 51904464.

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