Mann, Mary Peabody. The Flower People. Boston: James R. Osgood & Co., 1875.
First published in the early 1840’s, Mary Peabody Mann’s The Flower People introduced the study of botany to children under the guise of conversations between a girl named Mary and various plants. In this case, Mary is speaking to a leaf that she picked on a fall day. The leaf patiently explains the life cycle of a tree, and its place in the ecosystem—a very early work of its kind written for children. This exquisite photo-mechanically printed plate was designed for this edition by the elusive woman artist Mrs. G.P. Lathrop.