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Issue 2, 1992

The Essential Rose

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Attar of roses: revealing Anatolia’s liquid gold and the basis of all fine scents: rosewater. Brian Sewell follows in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, and Molly Izzard looks at Freya Stark’s exploits in Turkey. Plus we go in search of the hay meadows of Bithynia, the painted rug, Orientalist interiors in London and Glasgow, and serve up a bouquet of deliciously fragrant-scented dishes VERY RARE ISSUE. DIGITAL EDITION DUE END OF 2022


  • The Road to Godhead

    With his victory against the Persians at the Battle of Issus, fought in 333BC on a plain in southern Turkey, Alexander the Great changed the course of history and started his transformation into demi-god. But his troops endured a hellish march to get there. Critic and art historian Brian Sewelll tried to retrace the Macedonian conqueror’s arduous route to the battlefield. Photographs by David George

  • A Marvellous Bright Eye

    Freya Stark made her name with her vivid writing about Persia and the Arab world in the Thirties. After the Second World War, already fifty-nine, she started tracing Alexander the Great’s route through southern Turkey. Molly Izzard, her biographer, recounts the discomforts and discoveries of her five punishing journeys

  • The Essential Rose

    No flower has a more distinguished culinary history than the rose. To capture its elusive fragrange, people have infused scented petals in sugar, honey, wine, oil, vinegar, syrup, milk or plain water.
    More cookery features

  • Byzantine Romantic

    Linda Kelly tells the story of André Chénier, father of French Romantic poetry, who was born in Galata, the Genoese quarter of Istanbul. Executed during the Paris Terror, Chénier produced some of the most moving documents of the Revolution

  • The Bee-Keepers

    In the sweetly scented forests of Turkey’s Aegean coast, bee-keepers and their families harvest the royal jelly once sought after by sultans. The late Rosemary Baldwin, herself a royal jelly enthusiast, revisted the fruitful hives of Samsun Dağı, ancient Mount Mycale

  • The Orientalist’s Rug

    A favourite decorative prop of Orientalists in the 19th century, the Oriental carpet was often painted with extraordinary realism. By Penny Oakley

Inside the issue


  1. A Marvellous Bright Eye
    Freya Stark’s Turkish years, by her biographer Molly Izzard.
    [extract available online]
  2. The Road to Godhead
    Brian Sewell retraces Alexander the Great’s arduous route to Issus. Photographs by David George.
    [extract available online]
  3. Hill Towns and Hay Meadows
    For Paul Harcourt Davies it was the lure of hedgerowes and hay meadows that led him down the country lanes of ancient Bythinia
  4. The Bee-Keepers
    Rosemary Baldwin visits the fruitful hives of ancient Mount Mycale.
    Photographs by Fritz von der Schulenburg
    [extract available online]


  1. An 1844 View of Istanbul
  2. The Orientalist's Rug
    Penny Oakley on the Anatolian and Caucasian rugs in the paintings of two English artists working in Cairo
    [extract available online]
  3. Byzantine Romantic
    Andrea Chenier, father of French Romantic poetry, was born in the Genoese quarter of 18th-century Istanbul. Linda Kelly tells his story
    [extract available online]

Life Style

  1. Kemer Country
    By Suzanna Armstrong
  2. The Grammar of Orientalism
    Fritz von der Schulenburg photographs the way interior design is reinterpreting the East
  3. Atar of Roses
    Scent of scents, a golden liquid almost as precious as gold itself. By Berrin Torolsan
  4. Fragrances and Perfumes
    By Patricia Jellicoe
  5. Oasis on the Bosphorus
    Joanna Rahim on Club 29 (Çubuklu), with photographs by Valerie Bennett

Book Reviews

  1. A Clutch of Curiosities
    David Barchard reviews ‘The Scholar and the Gipsy’, by James Howard-Johnson and Nigel Ryan; ‘Turkish Reflections’, by Mary Lee Settle; and ‘The Berlitz Travellers Guide’


  1. The Essential Rose
    Berrin Torolsan suggests recipes using rose petals and rose water that are as easy to prepare in cool northern climates as in the burning south.

Asian Report

  1. Where Angels Fear to Tread
    By David Barchard
  2. Neighbourly Trade
    By David Tonge
  3. Ahead of the Game
    By Andrew Finkel


  1. Boulevard to Baghdad
    Krysia Bereday Burnham suggests a stroll down one of Istanbul's best-kept shopping secrets
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