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Colour : Travels Through the Paintbox - Victoria Finlay

Colour

Travels Through the Paintbox

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Published: 8th May 2003
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On a journey that takes her from Afghanistan to the Australian outback, to ancient caves in China and the saffron harvest in Spain, Victoria Finlay gives an account of the history of colour. Part travelogue, part narrative history, this study unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. It remembers a time when red paint really was 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. "Colour" lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths a wealth of stories about the quest for colours and our efforts to understand them.

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The World of Colour!

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      Comments about Colour:

      Giving insite into history of colour use and political manipulations that influenced availability

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      I love this book!

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        Comments about Colour:

        I adore this book! It's my go-to gift for special friends. Fascinating stories that span the globe as the writer goes in search of the origins of colour. Every time you think "oh I wonder if?..." she answers it. For example in the section on white (its categorised by colours) she describes what it would be like to slowly die of lead poisoning if you were using it as makeup. Really amazing

         
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          Comments about Colour:

          I read this book years ago, and have just read it again recently. Have also given it as a gift to a few of my friends!

          Although it's very history and information heavy, it's written in a really enganging story-like manner, which is so easy to get right into. The "stories" are fascinating and vibrant. I LOVE this book!

           
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          A fascinating journey into colour

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            Brilliant book on colour, I never thought it would be such a fascinating journey that the author took. Thoroughly enjoyed it and cant recommend it enough

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            '[Victoria Finlay's] curiosity is inexhaustible, her reading wide, and her writing style a delight' -- Sunday Telegraph 20030518 'It's pure pleasure to join this gutsy arts reporter-cum-scholar on her quest for historical pigments and dyes around the world' -- Independent 20021122 'A highly companionable guide, adventurous and romantic' -- Independent on Sunday 20030518 'A treasure trove of human history and obsession...the breadth of research and insight is dazzling.' -- Glasgow Herald 20030607 'Packed with stories, anecdotes and adventures. A full rainbow ... as vivid as the colours themselves' -- Daily Express 20030607 'You get your money's worth and change to spare ... Both picaresque and picturesque, it's a rich read.' -- Evening Standard 20030607 'Full of forgotten facts and beguiling anecdotes ... it would be hard to confront a painting ever again without seeing in it a kind of coded map of the world' -- Daily Telegraph 20021019 'An irresistible cornucopia ...Her travels are Marco Polish; her research vast but lightly worn. The whole book is an infectious delight.' -- RTE Guide 20021101 'An utterly unique and fascinating read' -- Publishers Weekly 20021216 'Packed with facts, fables and anecdotes ... Finlay's detailed and brilliantly researched account makes for a fascinating read' -- Australian Interior Trends 20020801 'Victoria Finlay has unlocked the history of colour in this trawl through some little-known history' -- Courier Mail ( Australia) 20021026 'A welcome reminder of the epic stories beneath the surface of everyday life' -- Daily Telegraph 20030517 'This is a rare and wonderful book - a model of erudition and charm, the writing elegant and precise, and with at least one new and fascinating revelation on every single page. I could not be more enthusiastic.' -- Simon Winchester 20030517

            ISBN: 9780340733295
            ISBN-10: 0340733292
            Series: The Hungry Student
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 512
            Published: 8th May 2003
            Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.8  x 3.3
            Weight (kg): 0.37
            Edition Number: 1