This beautiful little book, first published in 1814, reprinted by Smithsonian Books in 2018, is a wonder. Based on the work of Abraham Gottlob Werner, it is a book to be explored, more than read. It was designed to provide standardized descriptions and representations of color to be used across the arts and sciences. Honestly, I just love holding it in my hands. The brief explanatory text is followed by “COMPONENT PARTS of THE COLOURS”, which involves a brief description, followed by a sample of the color, and where it can be found in nature. For example –
44. Lavendar Purple, the lavendar blue of Werner, is composed of blue, red, and a little brown and gray. Found in – Animal – Light Parts of Spots on the under Wings of the Peacock Butterfly; Plant – Dried Lavendar Flowers; Mineral – Porcelain Jasper
72. Wine Yellow, is sulphur yellow mixed with reddish brown and gray, with much snow white. Found in – Animal – Body of Silk Moth; Plant – White Currants; Mineral – Saxen Topaz
Pure pleasure if one is into thinking about, dreaming about color.