This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Two ladies on a return from the south of Europe in 1656, placed specimens of dried leaves, seeds, mosses, etc, in a book with black sheets of paper. A bulb found on the rock of Gibraltar being too large, the lady took off three pieces of the outer skin or scales from the outside of the bulb, and sewed them with thread to one of the paper leaves of the book. After their return, the book was placed in her dressing room, and in 1857, having gone on another tour, on their return, one of them took the book from the press and was surprised to observe that its cover was not lying flat but bulged up; she opened it, and to her astonishment found that from the bottom of each of the three scales, small bulbs had commenced to grow. This book had been in a perfectly dry state in a dry room for more than a year, and fourteen months had elapsed since the scales were sewed in. This curious case is analogous to one recorded in last year's Horticulturist, page 169, with an illustration.