A 256-year-old coloring book has been found in the library of the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.
Its pages feature drawings of 60 plants and flowers, along with instructions for “painting according to nature”
Botanist Amy Pool was doing research when she first came across mention of the book. She later learned the garden had a copy of the book in their rare book collection.
“Our library catalogue listed it with the full title: ‘The florist: containing sixty plates of the most beautiful flowers … to which is added an accurate description of their colours with instructions for drawing and painting.’ I thought, ‘Huh, that’s a coloring book! I need to see this thing!'” she told CNN.
The book isn’t on display but the full images can be viewed on botanicus.org.