1865 The Book of Perfume
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Colour Plates, First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The first edition of this important work.
Illustrated with a frontispiece, one colour plate, eleven monochrome plates, and in-text engravings throughout.
Half-title is present.
One of the most important works on perfumery ever published, laying the groundwork for many other future books on perfumes, by Eugene Rimmel.
This volume offers an insightful and delightful history of the art of perfumery. An important global history looking at the use of perfume by the Egyptians, Jews, Ancient Asiatic nations, Greeks, Romans, Orientals, the Far East, and Africa, from the ancient to modern times.
Also including an interesting chapter on the commercial uses of flowers and plants, and materials used in perfumery.
Eugene Rimmel was a talented perfumer, one of the most influential in the field. In 1834 he opened his perfumery, the House of Rimmel, which is still a prominent cosmetics company to this day. Whilst still in his twenties he was considered to be a trailblazer in the beauty industry, contributing much to the concepts of hygiene and bathing during the Victorian era. Rimmel was among the first to invent mouth rinses, scented pomades, and 'toilet vinegar'.
This work highlights Rimmel's passion and talent for perfumery, looking at both the history and physiology of perfumes, interspersed with facts about hairdressing.
In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, smart. A couple of very light marks. Front hinge is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with some spots.
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