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    DescriptionIn 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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    Perfect Red
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Amy Butler Greenfield
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 338
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780060522766
    ISBN 10: 0060522763

    LC classification: N
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 84
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: TEC009010, HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26780
    B&T Approval Code: A97604200
    BISAC V2.8: TEC055000, ART051000
    DC22: 667.26
    B&T Approval Code: A14010200
    BIC subject category V2: TDCJ
    Abridged Dewey: 677
    Thema V1.0: TDC, NHTB
    Edition statement
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    21 July 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    A fascinating story of greed and subterfuge, mixing fashion, folly and ingenuity in equal measure... Written with style and verve. --J. H. Elliott, University of Oxford