For over 2000 years, in the Far East as in the West, bathing and showering have been more than practical necessities. Bathing has become a rite and a refuge, and this is the first book to lavish due attention on the history of the bath across the centuries and around the world.
Although the room for bathing as we know it has existed for only a century, public baths wee institution in ancient cultures; and, of course, beginning n the Renaissance, bathing was not just hygienic, but a sensual and sybaritic event. In The Book of the Bath, abundant illustrations- from Byzantine frescoes and Orientalist paintings of harems to photographs by Robert Doisneau and engravings from old fixtures catalogs-chronicle the evolution of baths, bathing, and its many accoutrements. Enticing contemporary photography shows baths in the Middle East and Japan, saunas in Sweden, and the often luxurious private bathrooms of the West.
At a time when the bath and its associated therapies-thermal springs, scented oils, massages, and soaps-have become a crucial part of sensual and healthy living. The Book of the Bath offers a luxurious pictorial history to inspire the mind and soothe the senses.
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FRANCOISE DE BONNEVILLE is an art historian who has written a book on linen and on the art-deco designer Jean Puiforcat.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Descripción Rizzoli, New York, NY, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: As New. 1st US edition. First US edition 1998, translated from French. Hardcover in full cloth with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, no edgewear, no markings of any kind, no names no underlinings no highlights no bent pages, Not a reminder. DJ as new, bright and shiny, no tears no chips no edgewear, Not clipped, Folio, 208 pages, illustrated throughout with full page plates and numerous historic images, bibliography, index. Large and heavy book will require additional postage for priority or international orders. Nº de ref. de la librería 014131
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