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

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Black Swan, 2006 - Cochineal - 430 pages
Once one of the world's most precious commodities, cochineal was shipped to Europe from Mexico, where the red dye had captured the attention of the Spanish conquistadors. This book traces the enigma of cochineal, as well as looking at the attempts of other Europeans to unlocks its secrets.

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A fascinating history of cochineal cultivation and use, including the various schools of thought on its origins during the period of Spanish monopoly. For a book of this type (popular history of commodity X), this is very well done indeed. Read full review

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This book reminds me of an optical illusion that looks like one thing when you look at it one way, but looks like something totally different when viewed another way – think of the ubiquitous Escher ... Read full review

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