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Color: A Natural History of the Palette

By journalist Victoria Finlay, 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. Softcover, 448 pages

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