Perfect Red

Perfect Red

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By (author) Amy Butler Greenfield

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback | 338 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 23mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060522763
  • ISBN 13: 9780060522766
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 160,278

Product 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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"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