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Orchid : a cultural history

Author: Jim Endersby
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press ; Richmond, Surrey : Royal Botanic Gardens, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Some flowers make us think of love or heaven, of political causes or drug cravings, while others are food, medicine, or decoration; almost every plant that humans have ever taken an interest in has acquired a rich web of associations. So it is not surprising that flowers as alluring as orchids are associated with a very specific set of images, ideas, and symbols. Yet the precise significances we attach to orchids  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Endersby
ISBN: 9780226376325 022637632X 9781842466292 1842466291
OCLC Number: 944087675
Description: viii, 292 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: imagining orchids --
Censored origins --
The lesbian boy --
The uses of orchids --
Red book, black flower --
Utopian botany --
The signature of all things --
The name of the orchid --
Making a family --
A second Adam --
Artificial to natural --
Myths of orchids --
Orchidmania --
The blooming aristocracy --
Orchis bank --
Every trifling detail --
Beautiful contrivances --
The scramble for orchids --
Lost orchids --
Cannibal tales --
Savage orchids --
Long purples and a forked radish --
Queer flowers --
Creation and consolation --
Sexy orchids --
Boy's own orchids --
Manly orchids --
Frail orchids --
Deceptive orchids --
Orchids in orbit --
Endangered orchids --
Fragile specialists --
The spider orchids of Sussex --
Conclusion: an orchid's-eye view?
Responsibility: Jim Endersby.
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Featuring many stunning illustrations from the Kew archives, Orchid: A Cultural History tells, for the first time, the extraordinary story of orchids and our prolific interest in them.  Read more...
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"Weaves a clever course between science and fiction. . . . Endersby has provided an engrossing series of stories, engagingly told."--Times Literary Supplement "Few orchid books are as fascinating as Read more...

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