Lavender: Fragrance of Provence, New Edition

Lavender: Fragrance of Provence, New Edition

by Hans Silvester, Christiane Meunier
     
 

The scent of lavender fills the air in the French region of Provence. Hans Silvester, who has lived in Provence for almost 40 years, has photographed lavender in all four seasons, capturing the changing colors, shapes, and formal beauty of the plant. This vibrant new edition of the 1996 original features an updated design and a smaller format. The stunning photographs… See more details below

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The scent of lavender fills the air in the French region of Provence. Hans Silvester, who has lived in Provence for almost 40 years, has photographed lavender in all four seasons, capturing the changing colors, shapes, and formal beauty of the plant. This vibrant new edition of the 1996 original features an updated design and a smaller format. The stunning photographs, 40 of which are new to this edition, are complemented by a revised text and the addition of informative captions.

As Silvester's photographs show, the fields of lavender encapsulate the sometimes contradictory nature of Provence: the rich, potent purple of summer contrasting with the subdued amber of autumn; the hard, gray earth of winter giving way to the tender green of spring. His images also reveal the area's varied terrain, from broad plains to hills and mountains, where scattered farms form a lavender patchwork on the rocky slopes. The text, by fragrance expert Christiane Meunier, recounts the history of lavender, which, as this sumptuous volume demonstrates, remains an essential element of the character and beauty of Provence.

Author Bio: Hans Silvester, an acclaimed photographer and member of the Rapho agency, lives in Provence. He has published close to 20 photography books, including Abrams' Horses of the Camargue, Desert Eves: An Indian Paradise, and H2O: The Beauty & Mystery of Water. Christiane Meunier is a professional in the fragrance industry. She has published several books and articles on the history and economy of lavender.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
If it was possible to travel to a foreign countryside and experience its sights, sounds, and smells without ever leaving one's living room, this rich book with its extraordinary photographs would come very close to transporting the reader to the South of France. By going through the seasons in the French region of Provence, Hans Silvester has dramatically captured the beauty of the land and the hard work and toil that goes into cultivating lavender and its hybrid, lavendin, in what has become a high-demand industry. Through the 95 illustrations in this book, the reader does begin to feel as if they are there among the rows and rows of lavender and the olive trees and the green hills and the wild broom. This is a worthwhile trip to take while learning about another country and how others live and work. 2004, Harry N. Abrams, Ages 10 up.
—Sheree Van Vreede

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810956049
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
New
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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