chapter  13
Fashionable prices
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THERE WERE AT LEAST six booms and slumps in the price of madder from the 17th century interwoven with the growth of international mercantilism, until the final slump in 1873 with the introduction of synthetic alizarin. Records are more complete from the 1800s and Shtorkh’s Russian figures give an indication of the international market.