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This is an auction for COLOUR: TRAVELS THROUGH THE PAINTBOX, by Victoria Finlay.

This is a Folio Society hardback in new condition, with its original slip case.

'Victoria Finlay's curiosity is inexhaustible, her reading wide, and her writing style a delight.'
- Sunday Telegraph (UK)

'An utterly unique and fascinating read.'
- Publishers Weekly (US)

'An irresistible cornucopia ...Her travels are Marco Polish; her research vast but lightly worn. The whole book is an infectious delight.'
- RTE Guide

'Packed with facts, fables and anecdotes ... Finlay's detailed and brilliantly researched account makes for a fascinating read.'
- Australian Interior Trends

'A welcome reminder of the epic stories beneath the surface of everyday life.'
- Daily Telegraph (UK)

Amazon.com review:

"Part travelogue, part narrative history, 'Colour' unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, 'Colour' lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Folio Society hardback 2009.

424 pages.

Beautifully illustrated throughout.

New condition.

The cost of shipping is:

* North Island: $8.95 (tracked mail); $11.95 for Rural Delivery

* South Island: $13.95 (tracked mail); $16.95 for Rural Delivery

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  • NI: tracked mail$8.95
  • NI: tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$11.95
  • SI: tracked mail$13.95
  • SI: tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$16.95
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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