Cover of Shirley Hibberd's 'Familiar garden flowers' (1879-188-) Shirley Hibberd, Familiar garden flowers, London: Cassell, [1879 -188-], 3 vols. F. Edward Hulme worked on the illustrations in this book. Shirley Hibberd was a journalist and horticultural writer. The binding is beautifully ornate - embossed and gold plated cloth, with cut-out flowers in leather and silk. Each of the three volumes has a different flower in the cut-out panel.
“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice- illustrated by Hugh Thomson. London, 1894. (Source: archive.org)