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Author Topic: 19th century naturalist color guide  (Read 250 times)
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« on: February 19, 2018, 08:20:20 AM »

Smithsonian Books is republishing a spectacular guide to colors in nature by German mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner first devised in the late 18th century.
Here's a brief description from the website:
First published in the pre-photographic age, Wernerís Nomenclature of Colours was the preeminent guide to color and its classification for artists, scientists, naturalists, and anthropologists in the 19th-century. Without an image for reference, the book provided immense handwritten detail describing where each specific shade could be found on an animal, plant, or mineral. Prussian Blue for instance could be located in the beauty spot of a mallardís wing, on the stamina of a bluish-purple anemone, or in a piece of blue copper ore.

You can read more and see sample pages here: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2018/01/werners-nomenclature-of-colours/
It's pretty cool!
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