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Compendium of Symbolic and Ritual Plants in Europe

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#1 witchwood



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Posted 28 December 2009 - 11:34 PM

Has anybody here either got this two book set or read it? It is priced around the 85 mark so not what you would expect to find in WHSmiths.
The subject is right up my lay lines (pardon the expression but it makes me smile) but before I pay out this amount of cash I would like some feedback.
There are reviews on the likes of amazon but how many of those are put on by the sellers?

Also, how does it compare to Leechcraft?

Any info would be helpful. I do a lot of work with herb mixtures and incense hence my interest.

Many thanks


#2 Wyrd


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Posted 29 December 2009 - 01:28 AM

I had a quick look around and found this review, I'm sure you could find more!
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 02:04 AM

Well, I'm just horribly jealous now. This book and others mentioned in recent posts are either not readily available in the States or they are too expensive for my blood. Nice to know about all of the different options, though.


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Posted 29 December 2009 - 06:24 PM

A couple of short reviews here:

Also, anyone in the states who wants a copy can order it from amazon.co.uk.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 06:41 PM

That's the book that's available from Treadwell's. Sod getting it mail order.... one day I'm going to London to visit the shop, buy the books and maybe time it to co-incide with one of the very interesting sounding talks they host there :) I should make THAT my New Year resolution.
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 07:30 AM

Hello Witchwood

The books contain a wealth of information regarding superstitions, lore, medicinal and magical uses of a vast array of plants and trees commonly found in Europe, much of which i hadnt previously read of before. Also provided along with the information is source material and footnotes numbering into the thousands which is useful when needing to conduct further research.
The compendium shouldnt in my view be compared to Leechcraft simply because it draws on many more sources than just Anglo Saxon.
Its a beautiful work for sure both in print and presentation with lots of illustrations.
The books are expensive. A lot of work has gone into researching the material the books contain.
Personally i feel that on their own they do not provide complete knowledge and should be perhaps viewed as a compliment to other Herbal works. Combined with titles like Leechcraft, David Hoffmanns works, Mrs Grieves book, Dale pendells pharmako trilogy and of course Viridarium Umbris and Ars Philtron, the compendium gives those who are seriously into plants some formidible knowledge.

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 05:13 PM

Mnay thanks for that. I think they will make thier way to the top of my wish list this year.