Rarest Blue

Author: Baruch Sterman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762790423
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Rarest Blue from the Author: Baruch Sterman. For centuries, dyed fabrics ranked among the most expensive objects of the ancient Mediterranean world, fetching up to 20 times their weight in gold. Huge fortunes were made from and lost to them, and battles were fought over control of the industry. The few who knew the dyes’ complex secrets carefully guarded the valuable knowledge. The Rarest Blue tells the amazing story of tekhelet, or hyacinth blue, the elusive sky-blue dye mentioned 50 times in the Hebrew Bible. The Minoans discovered it; the Phoenicians stole the technique; Cleopatra adored it; and Jews—obeying a Biblical commandment to affix a single thread of the radiant color to the corner of their garments—risked their lives for it. But with the fall of the Roman Empire, the technique was lost to the ages. Then, in the nineteenth century, a marine biologist saw a fisherman smearing his shirt with snail guts, marveling as the yellow stains turned sky blue. But what was the secret? At the same time, a Hasidic master obsessed with reviving the ancient tradition posited that the source wasn’t a snail at all but a squid. Bitter fighting ensued until another rabbi discovered that one of them was wrong—but had an unscrupulous chemist deliberately deceived him? Baruch Sterman brilliantly recounts the complete, amazing story of this sacred dye that changed the color of history.


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Life from the Author: . LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

Warman S Carnival Glass

Author: Ellen Schroy
Publisher: Krause Publications
ISBN: 0896895696
Size: 79.17 MB
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Warman S Carnival Glass from the Author: Ellen Schroy. Once considered the stepchild of the collectible glass community, today carnival glass or poor mans Tiffany is synonymous with class and exquisite artistry. This new edition includes a new description format, revamped from simple line listings to listings with dimensions, title, color and price range. Plus, histories of major glass manufacturers, a guide to carnival glass colors, current collector pricing and nearly 250 detailed patterns of carnival glass from Acanthus to Zig Zag to aid you in easily identifying collections, and an expanded section on one-of-a-kind whimsy pieces.

Fragile Blue

Author: John Jacob English
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1491882719
Size: 47.41 MB
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Fragile Blue from the Author: John Jacob English. The story of Fragile Blue interweaves three different themes. Almost everyone has had some surprising experiences connected to their conscious and unconsciousness awareness. The first thread in this story starts by painting a brief picture of some of these subtle and faintly remembered experiences. Such observations by their very nature are neither true nor false because they cannot be analysed within a purely objective framework. The second thread in the story is conjectured around the possibility that intelligent species at a cosmic level may have developed some form of Mayday Principle. Such a principle may be built around similar values in human culture. Within such a Mayday Principle, when someone or some group, finds themselves in extreme danger and appeal for help they should be given as much assistance as possible. The level of that assistance will reflect on the maturity of the group giving the assistance rather than the receiver. The third thread in the story looks at the possibilities of how our global civilisation could metamorphose into a spacefaring civilisation. The forces that are shaping our present and our future seem to be moving our species towards a global civilisation however defined. This process, of Homo sapiens evolving through global civilisation towards a spacefaring one, is seen to be tested by the iron law of survivability.

The World S Rarest Birds

Author: Erik Hirschfeld
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400844908
Size: 37.65 MB
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The World S Rarest Birds from the Author: Erik Hirschfeld. This illustrated book vividly depicts the most endangered birds in the world and provides the latest information on the threats each species faces and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 571 bird species are classified as critically endangered or endangered, and a further four now exist only in captivity. This landmark book features stunning photographs of 500 of these species--the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book. It also showcases paintings by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta of the 75 species for which no photos are known to exist. The World's Rarest Birds has introductory chapters that explain the threats to birds, the ways threat categories are applied, and the distinction between threat and rarity. The book is divided into seven regional sections--Europe and the Middle East; Africa and Madagascar; Asia; Australasia; Oceanic Islands; North America, Central America, and the Caribbean; and South America. Each section includes an illustrated directory to the bird species under threat there, and gives a concise description of distribution, status, population, key threats, and conservation needs. This one-of-a-kind book also provides coverage of 62 data-deficient species.

Antique Trader Bottles Identification And Price Guide

Author: Michael Polak
Publisher: Krause Publications
ISBN: 1440219249
Size: 26.40 MB
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Antique Trader Bottles Identification And Price Guide from the Author: Michael Polak. This new edition of The Bottle bible is loaded with listings, current market values and trademark data for 50 years of bottles produced during the 19th and 20th centuries. With this book in hand, the tools to positively identify and accurately assess bottles in your collection are at your fingertips. Review tips for spotting reproductions, determining rarity and identifying factors that affect values and for 50 plus categories of bottles (with 20 new areas) including bottles from Avon, Ballantine, Jim Beam, Lionstone, Miniatures, and Violin and Banjo among others.

Blue Mauritius

Author: Helen Morgan
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 1782397744
Size: 13.17 MB
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Blue Mauritius from the Author: Helen Morgan. In September 1847 coloured squares of paper were stuck to envelopes and used to send out admission cards to a fancy-dress ball on the tropical island of Mauritius. No-one at the party would have guessed that the envelopes bearing these stamps would one day be worth more than a million dollars. When a two pence 'Blue Mauritius' surfaced on the fledgling French stamp-collecting market in 1865 it gained instant celebrity. Then in 1903, when a perfect specimen, discovered in a childhood album, was bought at auction by the Prince of Wales, the Blue Mauritius gained super-star status. Even now, the stamps of 'Post Office Mauritius' remain synonymous with fame, wealth and mystery. Helen Morgan tells the fascinating story of the most coveted scraps of paper in existence, from Mauritius' Port Louis to Bordeaux, India and Great Britain, Switzerland and Japan, into the fantasies and imagination of stamp collectors everywhere.