Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume (Hardback)
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DescriptionWealthy Romans used to scent their doves to impress their friends and in ancient Jerusalem young women put myrrh and balsam in their shoes and "kicked their feet" at attractive gentlemen. "Essence and Alchemy" looks at the social and metaphysical legacy that is entwined with the evolution of perfumery, from the dramas of the spice trade to the quests of the alchemists. Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, offering insights into the relationship of scent to solitude, sex and soul. She also teaches us about the art of perfume making, including many of her own recipes.
- Published: 17 September 2001
- Format: Hardback 272 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780747554097 ISBN 10: 0747554099
- Sales rank: 554,504
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When this book arrived the cover was substantially different to the one pictured and I couldn't help but be disappointed. The cover actually looks like this one here -- http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/310MKTAY6DL._SL500_AA300_.jpg
Why couldn't the folks at The Book Depository display the proper cover image? by Bella