Ambergris, a biliary secretion of sperm whales, is one of the most expensive substances on earth. And though it has been used as everything from a perfume fixative to a seasoning, we still know remarkably little about it. Kemp's quirky little book bobs through an ocean of information about this fragrant flotsam, picking over New Zealand beaches, whaling histories, seventeenth century newspapers, perfumer's manuals, and the latest marine research in order to bring us the weird, wandering story of this strange commodity.
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 15th, 2012