BABBITT, Edwin D. The Principles of Light and Color: Including among other things the Harmonic Laws of the Universe, The Etherio-Atomic Philosophy Of Force, Chromo Chemistry, Chromo Therapeutics, and The General Philosophy Of The Fine Forces Together with Numerous Discoveriews and Practical Applications. xii, 560 pp. Illustrated with 204 photo-engravings and four colour plates. 8vo., bound in publisher's brown cloth stamped in black and gilt. New Jersey: The Author,1896.
Second edition, after the first of 1878. This is certainly one of the more unusual works on colour theory, whose importance is attested to by the 1967 edition edited and annotated by Faber Birren. As Birren states in his introduction: "If Edwin D. Babbitt on the one side is praised as a redeemer and on the other side condemned as a charlatan, what remains indubitable is that his book and his life's work have marked one of the most amazing events in the fascinating history of color." Recased with new endpapers.
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