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Floating Gold : a Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris

Author: Christopher Kemp
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012.
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"Preternaturally hardened whale dung" is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume, otherwise a symbol of glamour and allure. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product--ambergris. Despite being one of the world's most expensive substances (its value is nearly that of gold and has at times in history been triple  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kemp, Christopher.
Floating gold.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012
(DLC) 2011050637
(OCoLC)756577742
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Kemp
ISBN: 9780226430379 0226430375
OCLC Number: 787843317
Description: 1 online resource (187 pages)
Contents: Prologue: Wellington, 2008; Introduction: Marginalia; 1. On Long Beach; 2. There Is a Piece at Rome as Big as a Man's Head; 3. The Beach Mafia; 4. It Looked like Roquefort and It Smelled like Limburger; 5. A Molecule Here and a Molecule There; 6. Close Encounters of the Ambergris Kind; 7. The Hopefuls; 8. On the Road; 9. Gone A-Whaling; 10. A Meeting; Epilogue.
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"Preternaturally hardened whale dung" is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume, otherwise a symbol of glamour and allure. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product--ambergris. Despite being one of the world's most expensive substances (its value is nearly that of gold and has at times in history been triple it), ambergris is also one of the world's least known. But with this unusual and highly alluring book, Christopher Kemp promises to change that by uncovering the unique history of ambe.

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