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

New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2005.

First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by author in ink to title page. viii, 338pp. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Red paper over boards with spine backed in black and lettered in gilt. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound.

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.(Publisher). Very good + / Very good +. Item #6796
ISBN: 0060522755

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