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

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9780226430362: Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris
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"A compelling narrative, a detective story, and a wonderful window into history and obsession, Floating Gold has struck a rich oceanic seam. With its mixture of scientific rigor, evocative travelogue, and eccentric personalities, Kemp's book finally uncovers the secrets of this elusive and extraordinary stuff. His book lingers like the smell of ambergris itself." -Philip Hoare, author of The Whale"

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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 ambergris. A rare secretion produced only by sperm whales, which have a fondness for squid but an inability to digest their beaks, ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years, slowly transforming, before it sometimes washes ashore looking like a nondescript waxy pebble. It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely it might as well appear nowhere. Kemp's journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris - determined after much excitement to simply be lard - that inspires a comprehensive quest to seek out ambergris and its story. He takes us from the wild, rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart Island, a remote, wind-swept island in the southern seas, to Boston and Cape Cod, and back again. Along the way, he tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine modern-day ambergris trade. "Floating Gold" is an entertaining and lively history that not only covers these precious gray lumps and those who covet them, but also presents a highly informative account of the natural history of whales, squid, ocean ecology, and even a history of the perfume industry. Kemp's obsessive curiosity is infectious, and eager readers will feel as though they have stumbled upon a precious bounty of this intriguing substance.

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Editorial: The University of Chicago Press, United States (2012)
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Descripción The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 229 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 ambergris. A rare secretion produced only by sperm whales, which have a fondness for squid but an inability to digest their beaks, ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years, slowly transforming, before it sometimes washes ashore looking like a nondescript waxy pebble. It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely it might as well appear nowhere. Kemp s journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris - determined after much excitement to simply be lard - that inspires a comprehensive quest to seek out ambergris and its story. He takes us from the wild, rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart Island, a remote, wind-swept island in the southern seas, to Boston and Cape Cod, and back again. Along the way, he tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine modern-day ambergris trade. Floating Gold is an entertaining and lively history that not only covers these precious gray lumps and those who covet them, but also presents a highly informative account of the natural history of whales, squid, ocean ecology, and even a history of the perfume industry. Kemp s obsessive curiosity is infectious, and eager readers will feel as though they have stumbled upon a precious bounty of this intriguing substance. Nº de ref. de la librería AAC9780226430362

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Descripción The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2012. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 229 x 155 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 ambergris. A rare secretion produced only by sperm whales, which have a fondness for squid but an inability to digest their beaks, ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years, slowly transforming, before it sometimes washes ashore looking like a nondescript waxy pebble. It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely it might as well appear nowhere. Kemp s journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris - determined after much excitement to simply be lard - that inspires a comprehensive quest to seek out ambergris and its story. He takes us from the wild, rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart Island, a remote, wind-swept island in the southern seas, to Boston and Cape Cod, and back again. Along the way, he tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine modern-day ambergris trade. Floating Gold is an entertaining and lively history that not only covers these precious gray lumps and those who covet them, but also presents a highly informative account of the natural history of whales, squid, ocean ecology, and even a history of the perfume industry. Kemp s obsessive curiosity is infectious, and eager readers will feel as though they have stumbled upon a precious bounty of this intriguing substance. Nº de ref. de la librería AAC9780226430362

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Descripción The University of Chicago Press. Hardback. Estado de conservación: new. BRAND NEW, Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris, Christopher Kemp, 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 ambergris. A rare secretion produced only by sperm whales, which have a fondness for squid but an inability to digest their beaks, ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years, slowly transforming, before it sometimes washes ashore looking like a nondescript waxy pebble. It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely it might as well appear nowhere. Kemp's journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris - determined after much excitement to simply be lard - that inspires a comprehensive quest to seek out ambergris and its story. He takes us from the wild, rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart Island, a remote, wind-swept island in the southern seas, to Boston and Cape Cod, and back again. Along the way, he tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine modern-day ambergris trade. "Floating Gold" is an entertaining and lively history that not only covers these precious gray lumps and those who covet them, but also presents a highly informative account of the natural history of whales, squid, ocean ecology, and even a history of the perfume industry. Kemp's obsessive curiosity is infectious, and eager readers will feel as though they have stumbled upon a precious bounty of this intriguing substance. Nº de ref. de la librería B9780226430362

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Descripción University Of Chicago Press, 2012. Estado de conservación: New. Preternaturally hardened whale dung is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product - ambergris. The author tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine ambergris trade. Num Pages: 232 pages, 12 colour plates, 12 halftones. BIC Classification: PSVD; PSVW73. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 232 x 160 x 17. Weight in Grams: 440. A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris. 232 pages, 12 colour plates, 12 halftones. Preternaturally hardened whale dung is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product - ambergris. The author tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine ambergris trade. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: PSVD; PSVW73. Dimension: 232 x 160 x 17. Weight: 440. . 2012. First Ed., First printing. Hardcover. . . . . . Nº de ref. de la librería V9780226430362

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Descripción University Of Chicago Press. Estado de conservación: New. Preternaturally hardened whale dung is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product - ambergris. The author tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine ambergris trade. Num Pages: 232 pages, 12 colour plates, 12 halftones. BIC Classification: PSVD; PSVW73. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 232 x 160 x 17. Weight in Grams: 440. A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris. 232 pages, 12 colour plates, 12 halftones. Preternaturally hardened whale dung is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product - ambergris. The author tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine ambergris trade. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: PSVD; PSVW73. Dimension: 232 x 160 x 17. Weight: 440. . 2012. First Ed., First printing. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Nº de ref. de la librería V9780226430362

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