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The Orchid in Lore and Legend
     

The Orchid in Lore and Legend

by Luigi Berliocchi, Mark Griffiths (Editor), Lenore Rosenberg (Translator), Mark Griffiths (Editor), Anita Weston (Translator)
 

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The orchid is the most evocative of flowers, inspiring in some of its admirers a fanaticism akin to madness, as demonstrated in Susan Orlean's popular novel The Orchid Thief. This elegant survey of the orchid treats its place in legend and suggests the impact that these exotic plants had on the temperate European mind. Berliocchi chronicles the adventurers

Overview

The orchid is the most evocative of flowers, inspiring in some of its admirers a fanaticism akin to madness, as demonstrated in Susan Orlean's popular novel The Orchid Thief. This elegant survey of the orchid treats its place in legend and suggests the impact that these exotic plants had on the temperate European mind. Berliocchi chronicles the adventurers and scientists who introduced these marvels, discusses their place in the arts from literature and magic to cuisine, and concludes with accounts of the most important genera and their cultivation. Splendidly illustrated with period engravings and botanical paintings, it is literate and delightful.

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“Period color plates, black-and-white illustrations, and woodcuts enhance this wonderfully entertaining book.” —Library Journal

“Berliocchi’s perceptive and richly descriptive narrative is certain to please orchid lovers, and will most likely spark the interest of those who have yet to discover these fascinating flowers.” —Booklist

“Berliocchi’s comprehensive handbook is both elegantly written and enriching.” —Publishers Weekly

“Exquisite botanical illustrations complement the definitive text.” —Country Living Gardener

“An authority on orchids. . . . provides nice thumbnail biographies of the major collectors and botanists who brought orchids from the tropics.” —Garden Gazette

“An utterly fascinating survey of orchids.” —Washington Daily News

“This is a very delightful, readable book.” —National Gardener

“This book, which spans every aspect of the plant from literary associations to care and cultivation, is a love letter to a genus from a man clearly passionately obsessed.” —Gardens Illustrated

“There has been no better book than this on the extraordinary story of the orchid.” —The Washington Post

“This is an amply researched and richly descriptive cornucopia of orchid lore.” —American Herb Association Quarterly Newsletter

“It is a quick, yet satisfying initiation, a brisk walk through a museum that leaves one acquainted, if a little breathless, with an amazing collection of lovely plants.” —Journal of the New England Garden History Society
Library Journal
This translation of Il Fiore Degli Dei by the late Italian garden historian Berliocchi is a welcome addition to the growing genre of literary works devoted to orchids, such as Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief (LJ 1/99) and Eric Hansen's Orchid Fever (LJ 2/15/00). In this book, the author explores the history, lore, ethnobotany, and cultivation of the fabulous flower. Some of the topics covered, such as orchid horticulture and the chronicle of orchid discovery by European plant hunters, are more thoroughly and authoritatively treated elsewhere in the orchid literature. However, Berliocchi's examination of orchid lore and mythology in various cultures and throughout history, the depiction of orchids in the arts and literature, and the culinary uses of the orchids will be new to most audiences, specialists and general readers alike. Highly recommended for most libraries.--Brian Lym, City Coll. Lib. of San Francisco Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Berliocchi (1953-1999), former lecturer in garden history at the University of Reggio Calabria, Italy, presents a lively history of orchids, including myths and legends, their uses from prehistory to modern times, patrons and hunters, arts and customs, the plants' habitat and structure, descriptions of the genera, and basic culture. Fine period color plates and b&w illustrations throughout. A translation from Italian of , 1996, Nuovi Equilibri, Viterbo, Italy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881926163
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Luigi Berliocchi (1953-1999) was a lecturer in garden history at the University of Reggio Calabria. He also wrote the text for Vanished Gardens of Rome as well as a study of the origin and history of Mediterranean plants and their presence in art.

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