A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire Amy Butler Greenfield

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire

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Book Title
A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire
Author
Amy Butler Greenfield
ISBN
9780060522766
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. --Cleveland Plain DealerBinding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Amy Butler GreenfieldPublisher: Harper PerennialPublished: 04/25/2006ISBN: 9780060522766Pages: 338Weight: 0.61lbsSize: 8.00h x 5.28w x 0.87d

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