LE BLON, Jacques-Christophe. Coloritto; or the Harmony of Colouring in Painting. , viii, -28; 8 pp. Illustrated with 5 mezzotints. 4to., 280 x 210 mm, bound in contemporary French cats paw calf, red morocco spine label. NP, ND, [London: 1720's].
A fine copy of the black tulip of colour printing, a book of legendary rarity. Le Blon was the inventor of the three colour method of printing in mezzotint and this little book is considered THE key work in the history of colour printing. Le Blon's colour theory formed the foundation for modern colour printing. The bilingual text of Coloritto is in French and English; followed by the French essay of explanation and justification. Includes the renowned folding plate of an artist's palette in sepia mezzotint hand coloured to show the range and relationship of different 'tinctures.' This copy does not have the supplement. Copies were sold (by W. and J. Innys or by the author) with or without an Appendix containing four additional plates (see The monthly catalogue, v. 2, 1725, p. 51).
Franklin, Early Colour Printing 40. Bridson/Wakeman B80 (Coloritto and reprint) - Florian Rodari (editor), Anatomie de la couleur. Catalogue BNF: Jacob Christoph Le Blon, l'oeil trichrome par Florian Rodari pp. 52-78. - Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 09110.1. Otto M. Lilien, Jacob Christoph Le Blon 1667-1741. Inventor of three and four Colour Printing.
Item nr. 169080