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Frankincense: Oman's Gift to the World [Hardcover]

Juliet Highet
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Book Description

20 Nov 2006
In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated study of the fragrant resin crystal once valued as highly as gold, Juliet Highet takes readers back through time and over the Frankincense Trail, from Southern Arabia to Ancient Rome. The land of frankincense - three ancient Omani cities connected with the frankincense trade - were recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The history and value of the resin, once as important to the ancient Arabian world as oil is now, is not widely appreciated today. This stunning book that combines travel writing, history, and a glimpse into the world of perfumery explores every aspect of these fragrant, ivory- coloured 'pearls,' from frankincense's harvesting beneath the barks of desert trees, through the vital role it played in the culture of the old Middle East, to its use today in aromatherapy and perfume. Hundreds of colour photographs illustrate the cultivation and preparation of frankincense today along the historic incense routes, while artworks and maps reveal how this luxury item was for thousands of years so crucial to the economy and life of Arabia.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (20 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791336959
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791336954
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 24.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,001,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`We have all heard of the substance, but how many people know what
it is...? The answers are here.' -- Country Life, December 2006

About the Author

Juliet Highet is a writer and photographer who has published widely on frankincense, culture and travel in the Arab world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Selected leaving present from the Oman 2 April 2014
I have read it & refer to it quite often, lived in the Oman for eleven years.
A very knowledgeable book ( Author ) It was well written & full of facts.
I saw quite a few of the characters in the book at Salalah.
I cut small branches from a readily available tree & grew them, quite easy.
Wonderful smell & Ubar the perfume my wife thinks that it is great.
The price!!!! In Salalah it was priced at about Rials 35.00 about 54.00.
A very good read.

Mick Kemsley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankinsence: Oman's Gift to the World 21 Sep 2012
By Darlene from Kansas - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely FABULOUS in every way...Words, descriptions, content, pictures, etc. It is a treasure for anybody interested in such subjects as: Frankinsence, incense in general, perfumes, "The Frankinsence Trail", "The Silk Road", Oman or "ancient civilization" information on the subject of the title. The author has done a superb job in creating this beautiful volume, and it is well worth the pricey cost! Check it out from the library to be sure you really want to add this volume to your own private library, and I think you'll vote YES!
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