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The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story Of The Invention Of European Porcelain

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Imprisoned in a fairy-tale castle and under constant threat of execution by his ruthless captor an 18th century apothecary struggled to realize the alchemist's dream. His name was Johann Frederick Bottger. But instead of transforming base metal into gold he was to discover the formula for something even more exotic and elusive, a substance so precious it was known as 'white gold'. And it was a formula for which others were prepared to lie, cheat, steal and even kill to possess. This was the remarkable backdrop to one of the most strange and compelling episodes in European cultural and scientific history; a tale of genius and greed, of demonic cruelty and exquisite beauty, of the best and worst of which man is capable - it is the true story of the invention of European porcelain.

This hardback edition is in a good, used condition and is complete with its priceclipped dustjacket. Published by Bantam Press in 1998, it is a reprint. The dustjacket is rubbed along the top edge and there are some slight marks to the edge of the page block, which is also very slightly warped. The blue cloth boards are gilt-stamped on the spine. The page block itself is clean and bright. The binding is firm.

Item details

Author(s):
Janet Gleeson
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
20.5x13x2.5cm
Edition:
1998 reprint
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0593043480
ISBN-13:
9780593043486
Number of pages:
276
Publisher:
Bantam Press
Title:
The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story Of The Invention Of European Porcelain

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Imprisoned in a fairy-tale castle and under constant threat of execution by his ruthless captor an 18th century apothecary struggled to realize the alchemist's dream. His name was Johann Frederick Bottger. But instead of transforming base metal into gold he was to discover the formula for something even more exotic and elusive, a substance so precious it was known as 'white gold'. And it was a formula for which others were prepared to lie, cheat, steal and even kill to possess. This was the remarkable backdrop to one of the most strange and compelling episodes in European cultural and scientific history; a tale of genius and greed, of demonic cruelty and exquisite beauty, of the best and worst of which man is capable - it is the true story of the invention of European porcelain.

This hardback edition is in a good, used condition and is complete with its priceclipped dustjacket. Published by Bantam Press in 1998, it is a reprint. The dustjacket is rubbed along the top edge and there are some slight marks to the edge of the page block, which is also very slightly warped. The blue cloth boards are gilt-stamped on the spine. The page block itself is clean and bright. The binding is firm.

Author(s):
Janet Gleeson
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
20.5x13x2.5cm
Edition:
1998 reprint
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0593043480
ISBN-13:
9780593043486
Number of pages:
276
Publisher:
Bantam Press
Title:
The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story Of The Invention Of European Porcelain

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