Boston, MA: L. Prang and Company, 1876. First American edition. Cloth over Boards. Octavo, pp. xxxiii, 274, indexed, illustrated with chromolithographic plates and woodcuts. Ex-library markings. Very Good. Item #21665
This book was intended to make artists and persons engaged in industrial artistic pursuits familiar with the results of investigation into the physical and physiological properties of color and pigment, presented in the simplest possible form, and show how the various propositions which have been laid down may be made available, either in the creation of new works, or for the comprehension of those already existing. The color plates are very helpful in illustrating the author's points, including a series of colored pages with black type that, when viewed through their white tissue guards, illustrate how the black type assumes tinges of other colors. A fascinating book for anyone interested in color and pigment. A scarce title; the Prang plates are striking.