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Author Greenfield, Amy Butler, 1968-

Title A perfect red : empire, espionage, and the quest for the color of desire / Amy Butler Greenfield.

Publication Info. New York : HarperCollins, [2005]
©2005

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Location Call No. Status OPAC Message Public Note Gift Note
 Moore Stacks  TP925.C63 G74 2005    Available  ---
Edition 1st ed.
Description viii, 338 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-318) and index.
Summary This book recounts the colorful history of cochineal, a legendary red dye that was once one of the world's most precious commodities. Treasured by the ancient Mexicans, cochineal was sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors in 1519. 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. Desperate to find their own sources of the elusive dye, the other Europeans tried to crack the enigma of cochineal. Did it come from a worm, a berry, a seed? Could it be stolen from Mexico and transplanted to their own colonies? Pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies--all joined the chase for cochineal, a chase that lasted more than three centuries.--From publisher description.
Subject Cochineal -- History.
Cochineal.
History.
Dyes and dyeing -- Textile fibers -- Europe -- History.
Dyes and dyeing -- Textile fibers.
Europe.
Dyes and dyeing -- Mexico -- History.
Dyes and dyeing.
Mexico.
Cochineal insect.
Cochineal insect.
ISBN 0060522755 acid-free paper
9780060522759 acid-free paper