There is a famous seller of old books in Frankfort named Baer. He lives in the Rossmarkt, and some of my best old flower-books I have had from him. I brought home this time one of those books that delight a collector's heart, a really very fine one. I have been told by an artist who saw it here that it must have cost more than 2,000l. to bring it out. The book consists of two elephant folios bound in old stamped white vellum, and bringing them back as a parcel was not exactly easy. There is no letterpress at all in the first volume. It has two handsome frontispieces in the Dutch manner, with Flora and another goddess holding a large straw beehive. In the middle is the title, written in Latin and printed on what is supposed to represent a sheet of parchment hung from a classical building with columns on each side. At the bottom is a representation of the Garden of Eden with trees and various animals, all well drawn. Adam is walking with the Almighty, who is represented by the figure of an old man surrounded by what in early Italian art is called a mandorla or almond-shaped glory. Miss Hope Rea, in 'Tuscan Artists,' says of this almond-shaped glory:'In Christian symbolism and art it is reserved for Christ, and has a profound signification. Though called a mandorla, or almond, it is really intended to represent the form of a fish; and this, from the days of the Church of the Catacombs, was the accepted symbol of Christ, because the letters of the Greek ichthus-=fish, give the initials for the Greek words 'Jesus Christ, Son of God, the Saviour.' Mrs. Jameson, in 'sacred and Legendary Art,' gives the Latin name, vesica piscis, for the oblong glory surrounding the whole person. She says that it is 'confined to figures of Christ and the Virgin, or Saints who are in the act of ascending into heaven.' It is, therefore, in ignorance that this German of the early days of the seventeenth century surrounds the Almighty with this almond-shaped glory instead of a glory round the head. The book is called 'Hortus Eystettensis,' and was brought out in 1613 by Basil Besler, an apothecary. On each side of the columns are two draped male figures representing Solomon and Cyrus. The whole page is coloured (highly rather than beautifully) by hand; and the large first volume must contain over three hundred pages, with designs of all kinds of flowers and fruit beautifully drawn and coloured. I believe the book with only outline representations of the flowers is not very uncommon, but coloured copies are exceedingly rare. In fact, Herr Baer told me he had never seen another. Whether the colouring dates from the time of printing or not it is difficult to say. The paper is beautiful, the whole in excellent condition, and it is a treasure from a collector's point of view. Binders were careless in those days, as one sheet is bound upside down. The second volume is not quite so thick, but the plates are of even greater beauty. It contains a curious copyright, given by Louis XIII., King of France and Navarre. The date of the book being 1613, the young king was only twelve years old when he granted this protection to his good servant Basil Besler, who had been put to such great expense in producing his book.