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


SKU: 9780060522766 Category: Tag: Product ID: 66762


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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ISBN: 9780060522766
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pub Date: 04/2006
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.61lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.28w x 0.87d

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Weight 0.61 lbs
Dimensions 8.00 × 5.28 × 0.87 in