The Orchid In Lore And Legend

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The Orchid in Lore and Legend

by Luigi Berliocchi
Forward by Henry Oakeley

0-88192-616-7
200 pp, 16 botanical paintings, 167 b/w illus., 6 x 9", paperback

"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, September 2000

The orchid inspires in some of its admirers a fanaticism akin to madness, as recently demonstrated in Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief. In this elegant survey of the orchid 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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