Floating Gold

Floating Gold

A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris

Book - 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-productś 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 ambergris.
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012
Description: xiii,187 pages, [8] colored plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780226430362
Branch Call Number: 333.9595 Kem
QD331 .K457 CaOWtL


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Jul 30, 2012

Ambergris is still mostly mysteriously to me- even after reading this book. It's just so hard to imagine how something that begins as an excreted product-indeed! smelling of fecal matter yet becomes worthy of swoon and gold. The passion and many uses for it, however is explored at length. An interesting read.

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