A Pilgrimage to Auvergne Volume 1

A Pilgrimage to Auvergne Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...a subject to poets for ages, but was long an article of trade to the town of Provins. Large fields were culti vated beneath its walls, and the peasants came in crowds before sunrise to gather its blossoms, wet with dew, and carry them to the markets, whence the precious leaves, considered to possess valuable medicinal qualities, were distributed throughout France. One only garden, where it is found in its pure state, and where it is kept closely out, like the best vines, is now found at Provins: there this beautiful treasure flourishes in security, and two pretty little girls and their mother are suflicient to collect the petals at early morning. nosns. 171 The garden, a corner of which is appropriated to this culture, belongs to M. Opoix, a great name in Provins; for the father of the present proprietor of this estate was a benefactor to his native town, an author, a scholar, and a man of genius. He it was who collected the mineral waters, of which Provins is justly proud, into their present fountain--built over them the temple where they spring, and made their virtues known to the neighbouring world. He it was who encouraged the failing trade of roses, and taught not only the art of forming the famous conserve, but recommended the tinting of bonbons with the rich colour which the flower yields; thus, in a country like France where sweetmeats have so much popularity, securing apparently a durable commerce to his con-citqyens. M. Opoix has been dead some months, having, after a useful life, spent' in benevolent endeavours to benefit his fellow-creatures and advance the cause of science as well as encourage taste, quitted the world at the age of an hundred years. His garden, now, alas! neglected by his rich heir, who is said to...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236823060
  • 9781236823069