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Colour: Travels through the Paintbox (original 2002; edition 2009)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812971426, Paperback)Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors.
For example: Cleopatra used saffron—a source of the color yellow—for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue “ultramarine” paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn’t afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red—still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today—has come from the blood of insects.
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Part travelogue, part narrative history, this work unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This book looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple.
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