Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. With B&W Illus. (illustrator). 1st Edition, 2015. Fine condition in unclipped dust jacket. No inscriptions, mark to base.
Beautifully written, this is a complete history of the water lily, its influence on creative and visionary forces, and a complete and comprehensive record of a journey that began in the nineteenth century with one man, Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, but passed to millions. Water lilies are inextricably linked to the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, Egypt and the Far East, where they were highly valued, just as precious metals or gemstones, their properties were thought to be medicinal, spiritual and purely aesthetic; they have been represented in architecture, printed textiles, religious paintings and illustrations, cited in mythology, folklore, mysticism and the creative imagination.