A charming children's book written by Marguerite Henry and illustrated by Wesley Dennis. First published in 1956. The book is out of print right now, and so fairly difficult to find through standard sources. But it's a wonderful tale for kids if you can get your hands on it. "Cinnabar the one o'clock fox" is the full title, but it's also sometimes listed as "Cinnabar the fox".

Cinnabar, often translated as "red ore of quicksilver", is a fully appropriate name for this little fellow, a clever fox who appears regularly at one in the afternoon to lead hunters on a merry chase--and he was more promptly on time than most humans ever hope to be!. He lived, as legend would have it, in George Washingtons time, and loved best of all to challengethe general to catch him. After all, if one is to be caught, why not by a worthy opponent? But Cinnibar, of course, has no intention at all of being caught... the little fellow definately earns his name, with all the antics he pulls.

The city at the center of time in a book of the same name written by Edward Bryant. It's located on concentric shifting time belts so that time closer in to the center of the city passes much faster than time on the outskirts. At the very center of the city is believed to be a rip in time. No one is certain where this hypothetical rip would lead if one were to step through. Their is no central government, saving that of Terminex the ultimate though only intermittently sane computer.

"Entrances to Cinnabar are both near and far. Look beyond the mirror...follow the yellow brick road...turn left at the north star and straight on till morning."

The world that Cinnabar has sprung up on has no name and indeed almost no features. A set of train tracks leads into the city from out of the desert. At the other end of the tracks is rumoured to lie the city of Els but no one living can say for sure whether that place exists or no.

Owned by Tom Mudd and Melissa Frank, Cinnabar is also the name of a vineyard and winery, located in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California, near Silicon Valley. Since 1983, when the first acreage was cleared, and following by the vineyard's completion in 1987, this estate has since grown to 55 acres and has produced a wide variety of wines, including cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, and pinot noir.

The year 2003 has apparently turned out to be a big one for this relatively-unknown winery; in this year, it has won a handful of medals, across five different varietals, in several different competitions. Perhaps the most successful of these has been their 2001 Pasa Robles Merlot which, alone, has won three awards already.

Information on Cinnabar can be found on their website: http://www.cinnabarwine.com/.

Works Referenced:

Cin"na*bar (?), n. [L. cinnabaris, Gr. ; prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Per. qinbar, Hind. shangarf.]

1. Min.

Red sulphide of mercury, occurring in brilliant red crystals, and also in red or brown amorphous masses. It is used in medicine.


The artificial red sulphide of mercury used as a pigment; vermilion.

Cinnabar Graecorum (). [L. Graecorum, gen. pl., of the Greeks.] Med. Same as Dragon's blood. -- Green cinnabar, a green pigment consisting of the oxides of cobalt and zinc subjected to the action of fire. -- Hepatic cinnabar Min., an impure cinnabar of a liver-brown color and submetallic luster.


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