Pansies grow plentiful here in Iowa. Their face-like petals enchant many who pass by. Today’s #MiniatureMonday celebrates the small little flower with Edith Prince-Snowden’s book Remembrance. Designed by Florence Prince and Amy Sawyer, this small book of poetry from the late 1800s takes the shape of the dainty flower.
Pansy comes from the French word pensie, meaning remembrance or thought, hence the title. The title and book also fit in nicely with the Victorian-era interest in Floriography, or the language of flowers. Several books in our collection from the 1800s into the early 1900s contain lists, and even dictionaries, that assign specific meanings to flowers.
It’s a sweet book for a sweet flower!