Leaves in Myth, Magic and Medicine

by Alice T. Vitole, Alice Thoms Vitale

Stewart, Tabori And Chang | March 7, 1997 | Hardcover

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Truly original and unique, Leaves is the visionary life work of Alice Thoms Vitale who has devoted almost thirty years to researching and creating authentic portraits of living leaves. This historical herbal is an appreciative salute to the wonder, beauty, and utility of leaves, as well as a visual guide to their identity. Throughout recorded history, leaves have graced and scented gardens, homes, and altars, provided nourishment and drink, healed the sick, enriched the flavor of food, added color to fabrics, and been the source for powerful poisons and exhilarating but sometimes harmful drugs. From ancient sources - Biblical, Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Oriental - to more modern cultures - European, Native American, and North American, here are the distant voices of folk-healers, herbalists, and physicians mingled with superstitions, irrational beliefs, myths, medicines, recipes, and poetry. Included are over 110 specimens, all grown in American soil, illuminated with fascinating information in botany, horticulture, medicine, history, literature, food, folklore, and handicraft.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.75 × 7 × 1.5 in

Published: March 7, 1997

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori And Chang

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1556705549

ISBN - 13: 9781556705540

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Leaves in Myth, Magic and Medicine

by Alice T. Vitole, Alice Thoms Vitale

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.75 × 7 × 1.5 in

Published: March 7, 1997

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori And Chang

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1556705549

ISBN - 13: 9781556705540

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Truly original and unique, Leaves is the visionary life work of Alice Thoms Vitale who has devoted almost thirty years to researching and creating authentic portraits of living leaves. This historical herbal is an appreciative salute to the wonder, beauty, and utility of leaves, as well as a visual guide to their identity. Throughout recorded history, leaves have graced and scented gardens, homes, and altars, provided nourishment and drink, healed the sick, enriched the flavor of food, added color to fabrics, and been the source for powerful poisons and exhilarating but sometimes harmful drugs. From ancient sources - Biblical, Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Oriental - to more modern cultures - European, Native American, and North American, here are the distant voices of folk-healers, herbalists, and physicians mingled with superstitions, irrational beliefs, myths, medicines, recipes, and poetry. Included are over 110 specimens, all grown in American soil, illuminated with fascinating information in botany, horticulture, medicine, history, literature, food, folklore, and handicraft.

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Truly original and unique, Leaves is the visionary life work of Alice Thoms Vitale who has devoted almost thirty years to researching and creating authentic portraits of living leaves. This historical herbal is an appreciative salute to the wonder, beauty, and utility of leaves, as well as a visual guide to their identity. Throughout recorded history, leaves have graced and scented gardens, homes, and altars, provided nourishment and drink, healed the sick, enriched the flavor of food, added color to fabrics, and been the source for powerful poisons and exhilarating but sometimes harmful drugs. From ancient sources - Biblical, Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Oriental - to more modern cultures - European, Native American, and North American, here are the distant voices of folk-healers, herbalists, and physicians mingled with superstitions, irrational beliefs, myths, medicines, recipes, and poetry. Included are over 110 specimens, all grown in American soil, illuminated with fascinating information in botany, horticulture, medicine, history, literature, food, folklore, and handicraft.

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There are few things in our world more ubiquitous and less celebrated than leaves. Alice T. Vitole works to alter our mindset with this book honouring the life-giving plant parts. Leaves: In Magic, Myth and Medicine traces the history of leaves from the Bible to the Greeks, Romans and Asians through to modern North America and Europe. Filled with superstitions, myths, medicines and poetry that have grown up around leaves, this book is both celebratory and informative. Whether you're interested in the history, medicinal properties or usefulness of leaves you'll find something to catch your interest in this thorough text.