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Soap in the bookshop
"Le savon est né quelque part autour de la mer Méditerranée. Il est difficile de définir avec précision les premiers procédés, ou de lister avec certitude les composants employés. Son élaboration ne peut remonter raisonnablement à une très haute antiquité; en effet ni les Grecs, ni les Romains ou encore les Egyptiens n'utilisèrent une pâte cuite pour laver les textiles et les corps. La longue histoire du savon débute véritablement avec le Moyen Age. Issu de la civilisation arabe, élaboré dans quelque communauté du Proche-Orient, il fut amélioré dans la péninsule ibérique occupée, puis de là passa en Vénétie, en Ligurie, en Provence."
(Dott. Patrick Boulanger)

The origins of "soap" lie somewhere along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It is hard to say exactly what processes or ingredients were used in making the first soap, nor can soap making be traced back to remote antiquity. In fact neither the Greeks, the Romans nor the Egyptians used a cooked paste to wash fabrics or their bodies. Soap's long story most probably begins in the Dark Ages. Originating in the Arab culture and then developed in several of the Near East communities, it was improved on the occupied Iberian Peninsula, and from there it made its way to Venice, Liguria and Provence. (Dr. Patrick Boulanger).

What is soap, where did it originate, what is its history?
To answer these and other questions, we offer a short but important selection of books specifically dedicated to the story of soap:


Furio Ciciliot
La Saponeria nella Liguria Occidentale
2nd Edition
Marco Sabatelli Editore-Savona (I)

Purchase: www.sabatelli.it

The original Italian version of this book is now available for download in PDF format. Download is FREE to all registered visitors.
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Patrick Boulanger
Le Savon de Marseille
Edition Equinoxe-Barbentane (F)
Purchase: contattare l'editore: equinoxe-editions@wanadoo.fr
Roger Leblanc
Le Savon de la Préhistoire au XXI siècle
Editions Pierann-Montreuil L'Argille (F)
Purchase: contattare l'editore:
pierann@wanadoo.fr
Evridiki Sifneos
The Scent of Soap Labels, stamps and boxes from soapfactories of Lesvos 1890-1950
Etairia Archipelagos-Athens (G)
Purchase: contattare l'editore:
www.kastaniotis.com
info@kastaniotis.com

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