Queen summer, or the tourney of the lily & the rose. Penned & portrayed by …
London, Paris & Melbourne, Cassell, 1891, 1. edition, pp. 40, (1, 8, adv.), chromolithographed illustrations and text throughout after Walter Crane, 4to (200 x 282 mm), bound as blockbook, colour-decorated cloth-backed boards. Nice copy.
€ 230"Not satiric at all, but almost revisionistic in sentiment are the personified flowers of Walter Crane, which appear in books he both wrote and illustrated. … His figures are both males and females dressed as flowers, with gorgeous colors and poses, while his poems, on traditional subjects such as the floral procession or a wedding among the flowers, belong to the convention of children's poems beginning early in the century; but somehow both pictures and text are lighter, less emotional, than earlier examples, perhaps owing to the pre-Raphaelite influence and the art for art's sake ideal. …" (Seaton) .
* Beverly Seaton: The language of flowers. A history p. 93.