In 1730 Robert Furber, an English nurseryman, published an unusual flower catalogue. One each of its twelve pages he illustrated graceful arrangements of flowers grouped according to the month in which they bloom. Four hundred varieties, all of which could be purchased in London nurseries, were accurately illustrated and identified. Intended primarily as a sales catalogue, the “Twelve Months of Flowers” was an immediate artistic success and as such has been treasured for more than two hundred years.
From the antique engravings, a complete set of which hangs on the stairway wall of the George Wythe House in Williamsburg, the Dietz Press has copied the set of twelve in exact color and detail. Each print is reproduced on excellent quality rag paper duplicating the original paper: all the rich colors of the antique hand-colored engravings are meticulously matched by hand. A single print is a thoughtful remembrance of a birth-month or wedding anniversary; a complete set is a dramatic decorative accent. Each print is 18.5″ x 24″ unframed including margins.