Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Roses and Valentines

The following description is copied from Amazon:  This massive volume by world-renowned horticulturist Macoboy is encyclopedic in scope, portraying over 1500 roses selected for their beauty, fragrance, and popularity. Although it contains brief information on rose cultivation and a scattering of features on such subjects as the rose in music, the heart of the book is the three alphabetical sections describing individual roses. The author uses the 1979 classification of the World Federation of Rose Societies; his main categories are wild roses, modern and old garden roses grouped together, and miniatures. Each entry includes a color photograph; information on the rose's history, cultivation, and parentage; and whether it is repeat flowering or fragrant. Roses are listed according to the name under which they were first released; the index provides access by later names. Beautiful to look at, this book will be most useful to readers looking for more information about varieties than is provided in growers' catalogs. Recommended for large or specialized collections.

Local Friends of Reston Regional Price: $17.00

The following description copied from Amazon:  
From Library Journal  Brenner, an author and curator specializing in the study of holiday customs, here looks at valentines produced in America in the 20th century. In chapters arranged by decade, the text details the history and stylistic changes of valentine production, with hundreds of illustrations exhibiting the romance and charm of the cards. Collectors will value the price guides and the descriptions of the production techniques and the various formats. The photographs also act as identification guides for various manufacturers and artists. This comprehensive social history is recommended as a unique guide for serious collectors of ephemera and as a popular history for all who love to give and get valentines.

Local Friends of Reston Regional Price: $32.00

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