Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees with over 200 Rare and Unusual Floral Designs and Illustrations (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)

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This profusely illustrated archive of more than 200 flowers, plants and trees was compiled by two of the world's foremost collectors of pictorial symbols — who also happen to be devoted flower enthusiasts. Their comprehensive collection, rendered from rare illustrations, extends from ancient Chinese lotus buds to a basket of flowers in a 19th-century Valentine silhouette. Bouquets, wreaths, flowers of the months, and other floral designs are also included. In addition to providing a table summarizing the ...
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Overview


This profusely illustrated archive of more than 200 flowers, plants and trees was compiled by two of the world's foremost collectors of pictorial symbols — who also happen to be devoted flower enthusiasts. Their comprehensive collection, rendered from rare illustrations, extends from ancient Chinese lotus buds to a basket of flowers in a 19th-century Valentine silhouette. Bouquets, wreaths, flowers of the months, and other floral designs are also included. In addition to providing a table summarizing the symbolic meanings of every known species — from absinth to zinnia — the authors explain the religious, magical and legendary significance of such flora as the mandrake, resurrection flower and mistletoe, and trace the development of many horticultural images in heraldic devices, emblems, and symbols. A visual treat for flower lovers, this essential sourcebook for artists, designers, and folklore enthusiasts will also be of value to botanical and gardening specialists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486429786
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 10/23/2003
  • Series: Dover Pictorial Archive Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 520,012
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
Sacred Plants
The Trees of Life and Knowledge 13
The Tree of Life 15
The Tree of Knowledge 18
The Yggdrasill 20
The Rod of Aaron 22
The Acacia 23
The Acorus 24
The Bo Tree 24
The Cassia 25
The Cedar 25
The Date Palm 26
The Fig Tree 29
The Three Blessed Fruits 30
The Lily 32
The Lotus 34
The Mistletoe 41
The Myrtle 41
The Oak Tree 42
The Oxalis (Shamrock) 43
The Passionflower 44
The Persea 45
The Peruvian Mastic 46
The Resurrection Flower 47
The Sandalwood 47
The Soma 48
The Sunflower 48
The Sycamore 49
The Vervain 49
The Vine 50
Flower Lore and Legend
The Acanthus 52
The Aconite 53
The Adonis 53
The Anemone 54
The Carnation 54
The Clover 55
The Cornflower 55
The Crocus 56
The Cypress 57
The Daisy 58
The Edelweiss 58
The Forget-me-not 59
The Hawthorn 59
The Hazelnut 60
The Heliotrope 63
The Hyacinth 63
The Iris (Fleur-de-lis) 64
The Ivy 65
The Tears of Job 65
The Laurel 66
The Leek 68
The Lily-of-the-Valley 68
The Linden Tree 69
The Mulberry Tree 70
The Mullein 63
The Myrrh 63
The Narcissus 73
The Olive Tree 74
The Orange Tree 75
The Plane Tree 76
The Black Poplar 76
The Rose 77
The Sylphium 80
The Thistle 80
The Tulip 81
The Violet 82
Strange and Wondrous Plants
The Apple of Sodom 84
The Amber Tree 85
The Bausor Tree 85
The Barnacle Tree 86
The Carlina 87
The Dragon Tree 87
The Honesty 88
The Houseleek 88
The Ice Plant 89
The Maidenhair Fern 89
The Mandrake 90
The Tree of Sorrow 92
The Flower Calendar
The Seasons 94
The Flowers of the Months 99
The Chinese Flower Calendar 102
The Japanese Flower Calendar 106
The Language of Flowers
Sentiments and Symbolism 109
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