Ditchling: Printed by Hand at the St Dominic's Press, 1930. Small quarto, measuring 7 x 4.75 inches: , 49, . Original tan pictorial paper boards printed in green and black, black morocco spine. Hand-printed on hand-made paper, edges uncut, illustrated with eighteen wood engravings throughout text. Index at rear. Rubbing to spine ends, with quarter-inch loss to head of spine. Publisher’s slipcase not present.
First and only edition, number 9 of 240 copies, of this botanical tribute to the Virgin Mary, following the blooming of the plants and flowers associated with her through each month of the year, and recording their legends. For early Christians, Smith writes, “every field path and hedgerow became an illuminated Book of Hours.” The wood engravings include images of the Forget-me-not, the Snowdrop, and the Christmas Rose. A crisp, near-fine copy of a beautiful book.