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This is a paperback book called "COLOR: A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PALETTE" by Victoria Finlay; published by Random House in in 2004 [pp. 448].

This copy is in good condition however please note has previous owner's name top left hand corner of flyleaf and small stain on flyleaf. Pages 345 onward (mainly Notes and Index) are slightly crinkled due to water damage. Crease on back cover. Above description actually makes condition sounds a lot worse than it is.

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 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.
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  • Seller location: Porirua, Wellington, NZ

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