A recent donation to Special Collections may be of interest to students of History of Art – and Botany.
It is a souvenir volume of Flowers and views of the Holy Land, Jerusalem, consisting of 12 chromolithographs depicting various places in The Holy Land, with pressed flowers from the same area mounted on to each facing plate.
It is in an attractive binding of olive wood with bevelled edges, and the title on the front cover is surrounded by a geometric border inlaid into the wood.
The book was probably produced at the beginning of the 20th century, although its exact date of publication is unknown. Several different versions of the title survive in other libraries – sometimes with different plates – produced by various publishers. A very similar book was even made during the First World War for the British troops in Jerusalem as a “souvenir” of their occupation.
The book came to the University of Glasgow via the Scottish Jewish Archive. From an unknown donor, it was offered to Special Collections as being the more appropriate home for it. A good example of a “gift” book – a type of illustrated book (usually ornately bound) that became popular in the late 19th century – we hope that it will be of interest to a variety of researchers. If you would like to see it, it is now available for consultation in the Special Collections reading room and has the call number Sp Coll 3018.
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