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Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume

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As long as there has been passion, there has been perfume. Wealthy Romans used to scent their doves while in Shakespeare's time, a woman in love would place a peeled apple into her armpit to saturate it with her scent and then present it to her lover. "Essence and Alchemy" resurrects the social and metaphysical legacy that is entwined with the evolution of perfumery, from the dramas of the spice trade to the quests of the alchemists. Aftel tracks scent through the boudoir and the bath and into the sanctums of worship, and ...

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Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume
2002, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London

ISBN-13: 9780747558019

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Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume
2002, North Point Press

ISBN-13: 9780865476431

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Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume
2001, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London

ISBN-13: 9780747554097

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Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume
2001, North Point Press, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780865475533

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