Oxfam Bookshop Wanstead
Condition: Very Good. Some markings and folds on the cover, but the pages of the book itself are completely unmarred and in excellent condition.
The art of modern fragrance making owes a great deal to practices developed in ancient times. Scented matter was highly valued throughout the history of Egypt; the surviving ancient perfume flasks and jars bear witness to the artistry and skill of ancient craftsmen. Egypt was renowned as the source of scents most treasured by ladies in Rome and all around the Mediterranean. Certain preparations can be traced through Greek, Roman and Arab sources through the Middle Ages, some even to the present day. Greek scholars who visited Egypt recorded the plants and recipes in great detail and the author makes good use of that information. First she describes the plants, gums and resins, oils and fats used in antiquity, then explains the use of fragrant matter in ritual and on social occasions, and discusses the erotic connotations of scent in the art and poetry of Egypt.
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