The Little Book of Roses

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Michel Beauvais

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Territory: World excluding France
Size: 160 mm x 105 mm
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 80 colour
Name of series: The Little Book of...

RRP £10.95

  • This little book, beautifully illustrated with antique prints, tells the story of roses of all colours from the perspective of botany, history, literature, poetry and songs, among others
  • A charming gift book illustrating heirloom and modern roses, with botanical and historical information on each variety
  • Beautifully packaged - hardback, foam filled, with gilt edging

Why don't scented roses last as long as scentless ones? Who has sung about roses? How do you make rose water? What does a white rose symbolise? Where does the Provins rose come from? What are the most beautiful rose gardens in France? Why do people give pink roses on Mother's Day? What is rose essential oil used for? When did the tradition of the rose queen begin?

This compact, delightfully illustrated compendium of the history, lore, and meanings of roses has a page devoted to each flower, with information that combines the factual and the fascinating. In 79 vintage chromolithographs, it depicts both heirloom and modern varieties and describes how different kinds of roses have been used over the centuries in medicine, food, confectionery, and fragrance. This charming gift book answers questions about the language and symbolism of roses, and explains how they became closely associated with romance and romantic love.

Michel Beauvais has written a number of books on wild and cultivated plants, growing methods, botany, the history of gardens, and the art of garden design. In the same collection he is the author of The Little Book of Medicinal Plants ISBN 9782812319815.