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Monsters under glass : a cultural history of hothouse flowers from 1850 to the present

Author: Jane Desmarais
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Monsters under Glass explores our enduring fascination with hothouses and exotic blooms, from their rise in ancient times, through the Victorian vogue for plant collecting, to the present day. Our interest in hothouses can be traced back to the Roman emperor Tiberius, but it was in the early nineteenth century that a boom in exotic plant collecting and new glasshouse technologies stimulated the imagination of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Desmarais
ISBN: 1780239750 9781780239750
OCLC Number: 1018049536
Description: 248 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Heat and Light: The Rise of the Hothouse --
'Aromatic and Tainted': The City as Hothouse --
Blooming Buttonholes and Flower Fetishes --
Florientalism and the 'Scented Ways' --
Paradises and Torture Gardens --
Flowers of Evil: The Fleur Fatale --
Mind under Glass --
Weeds.
Responsibility: Jane Desmarais.

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