Thursday, March 03, 2016
Citations for florilegium
… Brichot who was not merely kind to Morel, but would cull from the Greek philosophers, the Latin poets, the oriental storytellers, appropriate texts which decorated the Baron's propensity with a strange and charming florilegium.
Printing also encouraged a trend toward ever larger reference books as each edition tried to lure more buyers by offering something of interest to everyone, or at least everyone who could read Latin. One of these was the “florilegium,” a book gathering memorable quotations (or “flowers”) from respected authorities of many kinds — religious writers, philosophers, poets, and orators.
Origin of florilegium
Florilegium can be traced to the Latin terms flōs meaning "flower" and legere meaning "to gather." Historically, it has been used to refer to both collections of literal flowers and figurative flowers in the sense of notable literary extracts. It entered English in the mid-1600s.