Author: Levy, Adrian; Scott-Clark, Cathy
Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicol
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Size: 64mo - up to 3" tall
New book, 429 pages. Asked to name the most valuable stone in the world, most of us would think of diamonds, rubies - possibly emeralds. But there is something far more precious buried deep in the bedrock of the remotest mine in the world, a valley in the shadow of the Himilayas. Imperial Jade Green has been famed in the East for a thousand years, eulogised by the Chines as the colour of the kingfisher's neck feathers, the only thing on earth that was said to match its astonishing green hue. By the end of the 18th century, Europe could barely contain its curiosity and explorers were dispatched to a 'barbaric land', forced to negotiate with the Lord of Mines, a King who they reported 'shone like the sun'. But they all returned empy handed, bearing only stolen glimpses of a smoking thicket that 'rang with wild incantations'. It would be another 100 years before Imperial Jade Green travelled to the west, and when it did, it left behind a trail of rubble and misery.