PERSOZ, J. Traité Théorique et Practique de l'Impression des Tissues. 4 Text volumes. , lx, 569; , 558; , 458, 32 pp. of ads; , 560 pp. With 429 fabric samples mounted throughout, each with its own tissue guard; Text volumes, 8vo., 210 x 140 mm, bound in publisher's quarter-calf over maroon pebbled boards, spine elaborately gilt. Paris: Victor Masson, 1846.
First Edition. Persoz (1805-1868), a chemist and Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Strasbourg, wrote this work for the Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie Nationale (founded 1802) for which he won medal, and more importantly they agreed to publish the work. The first volume describes the technical aspects of colouring and chemistry, while the following volumes include vibrant fabric samples from the principal calico printers in England, Scotland, Alsace, Switzerland, Normandy and Paris.
George Seurat, the famed pointillist painter, was an early adherent of Persoz's work. Martin Kemp, in his book The Science of Art, wrote that "Persoz's brilliantly illustrated Traite attracted Seurat's attention, to the extent that the painter transcribed a section of the text." He was much taken by the Indian origins of the dyes used and the patterns created with them. Seurat regarded them in terms of the mystical and the occult rather than in the western ideas light and dark and scientific theory, although he was also well acquainted with the writings of Chevreul.
Although this set lacks the atlas volume, and has some staining in volume four, it is still an indispensable work on colour theory because of the mounted samples.
Poggendorff II, 109. Bolton I, 732. Darmstaedter 440.
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