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Orchid muse : a history of obsession in fifteen flowers / Erica Hannickel.

Hannickel, Erica, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fertile Public Library 635.9347 HAN (Text) 33500013735428 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393867282
  • ISBN: 0393867285
  • Physical Description: xiv, 306 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Chapter 1. -- Lusty ladies of the Enlightenment -- Chapter 2. -- Orchids fit for a Chinese empress -- Chapter 3. -- Orchids in the Tenderloin -- Chapter 4. -- Frida Kahlo's orchid -- Chapter 5. -- Rafinesque's strange collections -- Chapter 6. -- The wind orchid -- Chapter 7. -- The science of freedom and Darwin's "Little Book on Orchids" -- Chapter 8. -- Itinerant orchids, enslaved people -- Chapter 9. -- Jane Loudon and her floriferous press -- Chapter 10. -- Orchids and steel -- Chapter 11. -- The flowers, fashion, and friendships of Empress Eugenie -- Chapter 12. -- The historian, the actor, and the healing of orchids -- Chapter 13. -- Orchid art and conservation.
Summary, etc.:
"A kaleidoscopic journey into the world of nature's most tantalizing flower, and the lives it has inspired. The epitome of floral beauty, orchids have long fostered works of art, tales of adventure, and scientific discovery. Tenacious plant hunters have traversed continents to collect rare specimens; naturalists and shoguns have marveled at orchids' seductive architecture; royalty and the smart set have adorned themselves with their allure. In Orchid Muse, historian and home grower Erica Hannickel gathers these bold tales of the orchid-smitten throughout history, while providing tips on cultivating the extraordinary flowers she features. Consider Empress Eugenie and Queen Victoria, the two most powerful women in nineteenth-century Europe, who shared a passion for Coelogyne cristata, with its cascading, fragrant white blooms. John Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, cultivated thousands of orchids and introduced captivating hybrids. Edmond Albius, an enslaved youth on an island off the coast of Madagascar, was the first person to hand-pollinate Vanilla planifolia, leading to vanilla's global boom. Artist Frida Kahlo was drawn to the lavender petals of Cattleya gigas and immortalized the flower's wilting form in a harrowing self-portrait, while more recently Margaret Mee painted the orchids she discovered in the Amazon to advocate for their conservation. The story of orchidomania is one that spans the globe, transporting readers from the glories of the palace gardens of Chinese Empress Cixi to a seedy dime museum in Gilded Age New York's Tenderloin, from hazardous jungles to the greenhouses and bookshelves of Victorian collectors. Lush and inviting, with radiant full-color illustrations throughout, Orchid Muse is the ultimate celebration of our enduring fascination with these beguiling flowers"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 September #1
    Historian and self-proclaimed "orchiholic" Hannickel (Empire of Vines, 2013) guides readers through four centuries of the orchid, a flower known to inspire obsession and devotion in people who cultivate its many varieties. As this book entertainingly illustrates, orchid collectors and their stories are as fascinating as the flowers themselves. Frida Kahlo, Charles Darwin, mogul Jay Gould, and actor Raymond Burr were all swept up in orchidomania, as were Queen Victoria and Empress Eugénie, who formed a lifelong bond inspired by their mutual passion for orchids. While offering more of a history book than a how-to manual, the author strikes a practical note at the end of each chapter by providing growing information for the flowers she features, including difficult-to-find details such as fragrance, blooming season, and duration of bloom, all useful to those who are exploring new specimens. Extensive notes and more than 200 illustrations, many in full color, add to the appeal. Well-researched and beautifully presented, this book is sure to be popular with orchid enthusiasts and those who enjoy natural history. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Orchids > History.
Orchid culture.
Orchids in art.

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