Originally published in the 1840s by a small London stationer and printer, contemporary copies of this little book are now very scarce. It differs from other Language of Flowers dictionaries of the period in several ways - it gives a colour to every plant, it includes some plants not listed elsewhere, and some of its meanings differ from those found in other books. This facsimile reprint is the same size as the original (although with slightly larger margins). The original printing is not of the highest quality (as is common with books produced at this time by small publishers) and no attempt has been made to 'clean up' ink smudges or faults. However, it is perfectly legible throughout.