* A charming compendium of flowers their meanings and associations, richly illustrated with vintage, postcard-size chromolithographsHow does the daisy express love? What did the heliotrope mean in the time of ancient Greece? Why do Christians associate the holly with Jesus? In Japan, what does the chrysanthemum embody? Why is the lily the representation of the Virgin Mary? How did the poppy end up being associated with sleep? Why was the hydrangea a symbol of betrayal for samurais? Since when does the narcissus embody vanity? This little book, illustrated with beautiful retro-color plates, explains in detail the symbolism held by 84 different flowers all over the world.
This lovingly designed, fit-in-the-palm-of-your-hand book suggests simple ways every woman can take a break from her frenetic daily schedule and enjoy a few moments of pampering alone or with family and friends. Almost as good as a bouquet itself, this book, by Dale Evva Gelfand, reveals the secret language of flowers, and suggests ways to express the perfect sentiment.
Pope Francis I has shared his devotion to Mary with millions of Catholics. A timely follow-up to The Little Book of Saints and The Little Book of Angels, this treasure of a book offers an enlightening tribute to the Virgin Mary. The stories, miracles, and mysteries of Mary provide readers with inspiration, comfort, and a growing understanding of the history surrounding this religious icon. Beautifully illustrated with color lithographs from missals and prayer books, The Little Book of Mary makes a special gift for devotees of Mary, Easter, confirmation, first communion, and Mother's Day.
The author traces the phenomenon of ascribing sentimental meaning to floral imagery from its beginnings in Napoleonic France through its later transformations in England and America. At the heart of the book is a depiction of what the three most important flower books from each of the countries divulge about the period and the respective cultures. Seaton shows that the language of flowers was not a single and universally understood correlation of flowers to meanings that men and women used to communicate in matters of love and romance. The language differs from book to book, country to country. To place the language of flowers in social and literary perspective, the author examines the nineteenth-century uses of flowers in everyday life and in ceremonies and rituals and provides a brief history of floral symbolism. She also discusses the sentimental flower book, a genre especially intended for female readers. Two especially valuable features of the book are its table of correlations of flowers and their meanings from different sourcebooks and its complete bibliography of language of flower titles. This book will appeal not only to scholars in Victorian studies and women's studies but also to art historians, book collectors, museum curators, historians of horticulture, and anyone interested in nineteenth-century popular culture.
A facsimile reprint of the very scarce 19th century Floral Dictionary by Anna Maria Campbell. This book differs from other Language of Flowers dictionaries of the period in several ways - it gives a colour to every plant, it includes some plants not listed elsewhere, and some of its meanings differ from those found in other books.