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A Perfect Red - by Amy Butler Greenfield (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 338

Genre: History

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Harper Perennial

Author: Amy Butler Greenfield

Language: English

Street Date: April 25, 2006
TCIN: 54267712
UPC: 9780060522766
Item Number (DPCI): 248-41-5013

Description

In the sixteenth century, one of the world's most precious commodities was cochineal, a legendary red dye treasured by the ancient Mexicans and sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors. Shipped to Europe, the dye created a sensation, producing the brightest, strongest red the world had ever seen. Soon Spain's cochineal monopoly was worth a fortune. As the English, French, Dutch, and other Europeans joined the chase for cochineal -- a chase that lasted for more than three centuries -- a tale of pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies unfolds. A Perfect Red evokes with style and verve this history of a grand obsession, of intrigue, empire, and adventure in pursuit of the most desirable color on earth.

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