Noonday of Life
Mary Howitt, Midsummer Flowers. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, ca. 1854.
This splendid binding with children preparing to enjoy a picnic was issued with a collection of stories, essays, and poems written by British author Mary Howitt. Mrs. Howitt explains in her preface that the “midsummer flowers’ refer to her young readers who have been fortunate enough to survive to the “noonday of life.” Indeed, this design reflects the “noonday” quality of the blooming flowers, abundant fruit in the basket, and of the young picnickers.