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The Rose [Hardcover]

Jennifer Potter
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Book Description

1 Oct 2012
Ever since Sappho planted roses at the shrine of Aphrodite, no flower has captured the imagination in quite the same way. Wherever it has grown, human beings have projected on to it their dreams and aspirations. Celebrated as a sacred symbol and as a token of womanhood, the rose unites Venus with the Virgin Mary, the blood of Christ with the sweat of Muhammad, the sacred and the profane, life and death, the white rose of chastity and the red rose of consummation. In The Rose, the acclaimed horticultural historian Jennifer Potter shows what, exactly, gives this most fragrant flower its potency in societies around the world. Beginning her story in the Greek and Roman empires, she travels across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas to unravel its evolution from a simple briar of the northern hemisphere to the height of cultivated perfection found in rose gardens today. Whether laying bare the flower's long association with sexuality and secret societies, questioning the Crusaders' role in bringing roses back from the Holy Land, or hunting for its elusive blooms in the gardens of the Empress Josephine at Malmaison, Jennifer Potter reveals why this flower, above all others, has provoked such fascination. This vividly written and lavishly illustrated book challenges many cherished beliefs about the rose. It looks set to establish itself as the definitive history of the Queen of Flowers.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Reissue edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848871775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848871779
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.5 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sumptuous illustrations support Potter's eclectic, expert research to provide an all-encompassing, yet precisely focused, treatise on this botanical queen." --"Booklist"

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With over 125 fully integrated beautiful colour illustrations from across the centuries, THE ROSE is a stunning slipcased book which includes:

* Foiled and embossed jacket
* Quarter-bound casing
* Head and tail bands
* Printed endpapers
* Gilt edges
* Ribbon marker

* It is a limited edition of 2,000 copies, each individually signed and numbered by hand. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 April 2011
This book is incredibly hard to read because every line can take you on a journey. You feel compelled to make notes to attempt poetry of your own. It is simply a book you will always have to hand and will read over and over again throughout your life. They will never end up in second hand shops. Simply the best book you could wish to buy. It may seem expensive but its beautifully crafted and an amazing read. So if you want one you will have to by your own copy and it will be with you any time you feel like being creative. Just pick it up and start your journey. If you love Roses you will adore them and connect to them when you read this book. I absolutely recommend you buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hard to categorise 26 Jan 2012
this ones hard to categorise. gardenning, history memoires.it could fit into so many categories. i find it totally engrossing and its the kind of book you can read over and over again and get something new each time
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book 18 Jan 2014
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Really comprehensive, well researched and with up-to-date genetic information. The illustrations both of rose varieties and of historical sources are excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For every lover of Roses. 16 Feb 2014
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I purchased this for my wife - she's into roses which is great as they bring life to the garden and happiness to the vase. if you have a "rose nut" at home, get them a copy of this - it's great.
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