VON BEZOLD, Wilhelm. The Theory of Color in its Relation to Art and Art-Industry...Translated from the German by S.R. Koehler...with an introduction and notes by Edward C. Pickering...Authorized American Edition. Revised and enlarged by the author. xxxiii, , 274 pp. Illustrated with chromolithographic frontispiece, 13 chromolithographic plates, plus numerous in-text illustrations. 8vo., 205 x 140 mm, bound in publisher's brick red cloth, spine gilt. Boston: L. Prang, 1876.
First American Edition. An important work on colour theory written by the German professor of Meteorology Wilhelm von Bezold (1837-1907), originally published in German in 1874. As became exceedingly popular since the time of Michel-Eugène Chevruel's famous De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs published in 1839, von Bezold's work combines the science of colour with its practical application to the booming dyeing industry plus the decorative and ornamental arts.
The preface notes that this is essentially a new edition with updated information and more importantly the inclusion of numerous Prang chromolithographs used to illustrate and demonstrate von Bezold's theories. The expertly realized plates, which required particular attention to the subtlety of different hues, are the work of one of America's finest nineteenth-century chromo-lithographers, Louis Prang. A fine copy.
Bennett 108. Reese, Nineteenth Century American Color Plate Books 110. Birren 37.
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