Floriography Bibliography, the ancient and enduring language of flowers

Red roses are delivered to your office. The air is abuzz with excitement. Why? Because someone as romantic interest in you, and they want everybody to know it.

We ascribe a particular meaning to the giving of red roses. This is floriography. Let’s explore this fun phenomenon.

Enjoy this robust bibliography for the history of floriography.

France

Dictionnaire du language des fleurs (1809) by Joseph Hammer-Purgstall’s

Le langage des Fleurs (1819) by Louise Cortambert, a.k.a. ‘Madame Charlotte de la Tour’

From Le langage des Fleurs (1819) by Louise Cortambert, France

England

Floral Emblems published (1825) by Henry Phillips

The Language of Flowers; With Illustrative Poetry (1834) by Frederic Schoberl

The Sentiment of Flowers; or, Language of Flora, (1836) by Robert Tyas

The Language of Flowers. (1884) by Kate Greenaway

United States

Flora’s Dictionary (1829) by Elizabeth Wirt

From Flora’s Dictionary (1829) by Elizabeth Wirt

The Garland of Flora (1829) by Dorothea Dix

Flora’s Lexicon (1839) by Catharine H. Waterman Esling

The Poetry of Flowers and Flowers of Poetry (1841) by Frances Sargent Osgood

The Flower Vase (1844) by Sarah Carter Edgarton Mayo

Poetry of Flowers (1848) by Caroline Matilda Kirkland

The Illustrated Language of Flowers (1858) by L. Burke

From The Illustrated Language of Flowers (1858) by L. Burke, New York