Compendium of Symbolic and Ritual Plants in Europe (2 vols)
Vol 1 Trees and Shrubs 885pp, Vol 2 Herbs 695pp. illustrated in colour and b&w. Translated from the Flemish. "A modern reference work on the part played by herbs, shrubs and trees in mythology and religious and profane rituals and the symbolism that derives from them. Many customs that 21st-century man finds perfectly normal once had a far deeper significance. It is an academically sound survey of the knowledge of symbolic and ritual plants over the centuries, taking a broad view, plus a critical look at how correctly plant species are named in the literature". (from the jacket notes). Two hardback volumes in slipcase.
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