Robert Tyas

Robert Tyas (1811–1879) was a British botanist and the author of several books on plants. He is best known for his book on the language of flowers, and its illustrations by James Andrews. He was a fellow of the Royal Botanic Society, which maintained a garden at Regents Park London.


“Robert Tyas (1811-1879) published a considerable number of compact
works on botany and natural history. He appears to have first published
works under his own imprint in the late 1830s these included a
panorama for the coronation of Queen Victoria a Poetical Library and the
publication of the The Episcopal Magazine. From the mid 40s Tyas
entrusted his works to other publishers. Tyas became a fellow of the
Royal Botanical Society and took holy orders receiving an ordination of
M.A. Cantuar sometime in early 50s which led to his position as
Secretary for the Society for Promoting Christian knowledge in 1856.”

Personal life

He had a sister Sarah Tyas and 3 other siblings. He was married and had a son. (source- paywall)

Bios and collections


Several of these look like the green arsenic variety.

Below, new initials after the author’s name.

  • Beautiful birds: their natural history; including an account of their structure, habits, nidification, etc., etc. By: Cotton, John, F.Z.S. – Tyas, Robert  1854-56
  • Gems from American poets : Selected and arranged by the author of the “Sentiment of flowers”
  • The hand-book of the language and sentiment of flowers : containing the name of every flowr to which a sentiment has been assigned ; with introductory observations, by Tyas, Robert, London, Houlston and Stoneman, 1845
  • The language of flowers: or, Floral emblems of thoughts, feelings, and sentiments By: Tyas, Robert, Publication info: London, G. Routledge and sons, 1869
  • The sentiment of flowers, or language of flora,  London, Houlston and Wright, 1869; London, R. Tyas, 8, Paternoster Row, 1841
  • A companion to the weather glass, designed to record numerically and graphically the natural phaenomena presented by the barometer, thermometers, rainguage, clouds, wind, &c.; with a calendar for … 1866. Rev. R, Tyas, London, Bemrose[1866?] (How to use the barometer.)
  • Beautiful Birds Described Volume I, Rev. Robert Tyas, Published by Houlston and Wright. Beautiful Birds Described. Vol. I-III Cotton, John; Tyas, Robert (Ed.) Published by Madgwick, Houlston & Co. n.d. (c.1880s?), [London], 1880

    Beautiful Birds Described; Edited from the Manuscript of John Cotton with Thirty-Six Illustrations in Colours [Two Volumes], Rev. Robert Tyas. Published by Houlston and Wright, London, 1868

    Beautiful Birds Described, Vol. II, Robert Tyas, Published by Madgwick, Houlston & Co., 1111

  • Flowers From The Holy Land being an account of the chief plants named in scripture with historical geographical and poetical illustrations. Tyas Robert, Published by LONDON; Houlston and Wright n.d circa, 1860

  • Popular Flowers: Their Cultivation, Propagation and general Treatment. In all seasons with Lists of Choise and favourite Varieties. [Tyas, Robert] Published by London, Houlston & Stoneman; Edinburgh, J.Menzien; Dublin, []., 1843


  • The Wild Flowers of England or Favourite Field Flowers Popularly Described. TYAS, Rev. Robert; ANDREWS, James (illus.),Published by Houlston and Wright, London, 1859, Published by Houlston & Stoneman 1848-1850, London, 1848; Houlston and Wright, London, 1860

  • Flowers from Foreign Lands, with Concise Descriptions of Their Native Regions: With Twelve Coloured Groups of Flowers Designed and Coloured By James Andrews, Tyas, Robert. Published by Houlston and Wright, London. London, Houlston & Stoneman, 1853
  • Woodland Gleanings. [Tyas, Robert.] Published by 1st. Ed. Pub. Charles Tilt., 1837.Woodland Gleanings: Being an Account of British Forest-Trees by Robert Tyas, SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED,WITH SIXTY-FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS.LONDON:
  • Flowers And Heraldry; Or, Floral Emblems With Heraldic Figures, Combined To Express Pure Sentiments, Kind Feelings, And Excellent Principles, In A Manner Simple, Elegant, And Beautiful, Tyas, Robert; 24 Plates, 23 Of Which Are Colored, Drawn (From The Author’s Instructions)And Coloured By James Andrews, Published by Houlston & Stoneman, London, 1851. Published by 1st. Ed. Pub. Houlston & Stoneman. 1851
  • Field Flowers; or Wild Flowers of England Popularly Described; the localities in which they grow, their times of flowering etc., Robert Tyas, Published by Houlston and Stoneman, 1848


  • The book of the Coronation of Our liege lady Victoria. Comprising a detailed plan of that august ceremonial, etc, Robert Tyas Publisher, Published by Robert Tyas, United Kingdom, 1838

Read online

** The sentiment of flowers, or, Language of Flora, Ninth edition, 170 color plates by James Andrews  Publisher: R. Tyas: Paternoster Row, London, 1842.

The young lady’s book of botany : being a popular introduction to that delightful science, London, Robert Tyas, 1838.

The Reverend Robert Tyas

Sermons delivered in 1851 at district church of St. John the Evangelist, Village of Kingsley, district of Kingsley-with-Newton, in the County Palatine of Chester, UK, and published to make money for the church and support its school.

Books from the collections of Oxford University:

The London Publisher Robert Tyas

This would appear to be the same Robert Tyas (1811–1879), whose early titles were published under his own imprint, and later titles by other publishers.

  • The British Museum

    Print card 1838: The British Museum, “Robert Tyas primary name: primary name: Tyas, Robert; Details, individual; shop/business; publisher/printer; British; Male; Other dates1835- (fl. c.)

  • New and Popular Works, published by ROBERT TYAS, 50, Cheapside “THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS; A Hand-Book for Visitors” “much time may be saved by visitors using this guide (either to the Regent’s Park or Surrey Gardens)”
  • “Shakspere for the people” project (1839–43) with illustrations of characters
  • Tableau of the Procession at the Queen’s Coronation., “The Tableau of the procession at the coronation of Queen Victoria, June 28, 1838 : being an accurate representation of that splendid pageant ; with a view of Westminster Abbey, the houses throughout the line of procession, and a delineation of their respective decorations, &c. &c” TyasRobert: 50 Cheapside.
  • Title: The Hand Book of Carving with Hints on the …,The Hand Book of Carving with Hints on the Etiquette of the Dinner Table, NO Author NamePublisher: Robert Tyas 50 Cheapside, London, Publication Date: 1844 First Edition

  • 1840, in business at 8 Paternoster Row



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