The Culture of Flowers

By: Goody, Jack

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Book Condition: Very Good


A few illustrations, large thick 8vo, pp xviii, 462, a very good copy in a very slightly worn dustwrapper. This hardback edition is now becoming quite scarce. [Jack Goody's book takes as its theme the symbolic and transactional uses of flowers in secular life and religious ritual from ancient Egypt to modern times. He links the use of flowers to the rise of advanced systems of agriculture, the growth of social stratification, and the spread of luxury goods, looking at the history of aesthetic horticulture in Europe and Asia. Other themes which emerge are the role of written texts in building up a culture of flowers; the importance of trade and communications in disseminating and transforming attitudes to flowers; the rejection on puritanical grounds of flowers and their artistic representation, and the multiplicity of meanings which flowers possess. Written from a broad temporal and geographical perspective, this original and wide-ranging book will appeal not only to anthropologists and social historians but also to anyone interested in flowers and their symbolic function across the centuries.]

Title: The Culture of Flowers

Author Name: Goody, Jack

Categories: History of Science, Garden History, Ethnobotany, Agriculture, Social History, History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge University Press: 1993

ISBN Number: 0521414415

ISBN Number 13: 9780521414418

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Slightly Worn

Seller ID: 010737

Keywords: symbolism.africa.african.ethnobotany.history.social.