Floating Gold A Natural And Unnatural History Of Ambergris
gray cloth, gilt lettering, dust jacket, 187 pp
Floating Gold 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.