- Oct 2013
No idea, I just made a search to see what I find about Your quote.what is the book about ?
at first sight it seems it's about flowe language, the symbolism of flowers, flower related poetry.
Tale linguaggio fu introdotto da Mary Wortley Montagu, moglie dell'ambasciatore inglese a Costantinopoli, dopo il suo soggiorno nella capitale turca negli anni 1716-1718. Nelle sue lettere, pubblicate nel 1763, ella riferiva dell'usanza - chiamata selam - di attribuire significati simbolici a ogni sorta di oggetti, e in particolare ai fiori, ai frutti e alle piante....
(The language was introduced by Mary Wortley Montagu, the Brithish ambassador in Istambul's wife, after her staying in the Ottoman capital in 1716-1718. In her letters, she mention the "selam", meaning giving symbolic signification to objects, especially flowers, fruits and plants)
... According to Jayne Alcock, Grounds and Gardens Supervisor at The Walled Gardens of Cannington, the renewed Victorian era interest in the language of flowers finds its roots in Ottoman Turkey, specifically the court in Constantinople and an obsession it held with tulips during the first half of the 18th century. The Victorian use of flowers as a means of covert communication bloomed alongside a growing interest in botany.
The floriography craze was introduced to Europe by two people: Englishwoman Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762), who brought it to England in 1717, and Aubry de La Mottraye (1674–1743), who introduced it to the Swedish court in 1727. Joseph Hammer-Purgstall's Dictionnaire du language des fleurs (1809) appears to be the first published list associating flowers with symbolic definitions, while the first dictionary of floriography appears in 1819 when Louise Cortambert, writing under the pen name 'Madame Charlotte de la Tour,' wrote Le langage des Fleurs. ...
My based on nothing supposition is that someone had that book, and found there an inspiration for the epitaph. Maybe there was some link the deceased had with that flower or simply it was a good quote that applied to the persons life/personality.
It's the kind of book that in my opinion one could probably find in Siebenbürgischen Sachsen or Donau Schwaben families.