Item description for A History of the Fragrant Rose by Allen Paterson...
The rose is the most treasured flower in the world. It has been prized, even held as sacred, for thousands of years. Across the ages, the rose has been celebrated in painting, music, myth, heraldry, and religion. Cultivated for its medicinal and culinary properties as well as for its fragrance, it was so highly valued in ancient times that attar of rose was more costly than gold. Abounding in wonderful illustrations, this enchanting tome traces the flower's long and fascinating story—from the rose gardens of Malmaison belonging to Napoleon's Empress Josephine to the Wars of the Roses.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 4.5" Height: 6.75" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Little Books
ISBN 1904435750 ISBN13 9781904435754
Reviews - What do customers think about A History of the Fragrant Rose?
A bit of a muddle. Aug 26, 2008
There is no particular rhyme or reason to this book, it reads like some ancient Renaissance gentleman's idiosyncratic treatise on a pet subject. Lots of interesting tid bits to be found, but more or less of a muddle. Most of the color plates [at least the ones in the hardcover version] seem to have been chosen at random, they are not usually referenced in the text and tend to be only vaguely related to the textual content.
I really wouldn't reccomend this to anyone other than a collector of books on roses or horticultural history.
this book felt as if it had been written years ago Mar 24, 2008
Except for a couple of brief mentions, everything stopped for this author in the 80s. Also the title is misleading, as there is little about fragrance. IT's a history of rose gardening with some interesting tangents but a great deal about specific gardens, mostly in England and a few on the continent.
What a bore!! Jan 10, 2008
This book is extremely boring and really dry. I could not make it through 10 pages without deciding it needs to go back.
Engravings, paintings, and more embellish the story of how the rose flourished over the centuries to become the favored flower Dec 12, 2006
There have been so many rose books on the market that one might wonder at the need for yet another - with no color photos, no less - but A History of the Fragrant Rose isn't about glossy photos. It's a survey of the rose's history and blends color artistic illustrations with a survey of the medicinal, culinary, and celebratory properties of roses from ancient to modern times. Engravings, paintings, and more embellish the story of how the rose flourished over the centuries to become the favored flower it is today.