A Rose by Any Name

A Rose by Any Name

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Encompassing art, literature, science, technology, history, and everything in between, the stories behind rose varieties include enough curiosities, romance, tragedy, wit, mystery, scandal, and earthy delights to satisfy even those who would never dream of actually tending a plant. in addition to names, readers will learn that the perfume of 'Rosa Gallica' wafted through Pliny's Roman villa and lulled Marie Antoinette on the night before her wedding; that 'Eglantine' is threaded through Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; that roses in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were mainly raised for medicinal purposes; and that the world of rose-naming rights is one of complicated and fiercely guarded copyrights and patents. With full-color art throughout, this eclectic little volume is a must-have for die-hard rosarians, and for the less rose-obsessed, it's simply a marvelous miscellany starring what is arguably the world's most popular flower.


Baker & Taylor
A treasury of eclectic information about different varieties of roses looks at the stories behind their colorful names, probing elements of folklore, poetry, art, literature, science, myth, and other sources to reveal the history of naming and cultivating roses, from ancient times to the present day.

Blackwell North Amer
More than fifteen thousand rose species and cultivars are grown worldwide - thousands more are extinct, yet they live on in old nursery catalogs, books, and journals. Every one of these plants has its own distinctive name, given perhaps by the person who first picked it for a sweetheart, a botanist who dissected it long ago, a horticulturalist who nurtured it, or one of the innumerable others who felt a special kinship to a particular flower.
Former editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living Douglas Brenner and renowned rose expert Stephen Scanniello tackle the thorny task of digging up the history behind rose names. Their stories are filled with enough romance, tragedy, mystery, scandal, and earthy delights to satisfy even those who would never dream of actually tending a plant. For instance, did you know that the gallica rose's perfume wafted through Pliny's Roman villa and lulled Marie Antoinette on the night before her wedding; that roses in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were mainly raised for medicinal purposes; that roses' names often vary from country to country; and that the world of naming is one of complicated and fiercely guarded copyrights and patents?
With ornate vintage art and photographs, A Rose by Any Name unearths the roots of rose lore-debunking myths and exposing long-standing rumors - and reveals how people, communities, and cultures across the globe and throughout the ages have identified the living things that matter to them most.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781565125186
1565125185
Branch Call Number: 635.9337 BRENN
Characteristics: 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Scanniello, Stephen

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Jun 04, 2010

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
A light but thoroughly enjoyable journey through the history behind rose names. Each short chapter is named for a rose, and symbolizes the theme of that chapter - 'Barbra Streisand' for example, is a chapter on roses named for stars of stage and screen. Lots of interesting facts (like the so-called "Yellow Rose of Texas" was a woman, and the rose most people associate with the song was actually bred in New York). World-wide in scope and covering history just about as far back as roses can be traced, this excellent book should have wide appeal. Don't expect hints on growing roses though - they tell you right up front they don't do that.

Reviewed from an advance reading copy, received through the Early Reviewers program. Illustrations are not the final colour versions, so although there are lots of them it is difficult to evaluate the quality

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