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Title: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: Bill Gill 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, Werner’s 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 mallard’s 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!


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: Bea on February 04, 2021, 10:12:29 AM
Hi,

tried to find it in Europe after I read the post and got my copy this week. Very detailed explanations and fascinating theme. Thanks for the tipp.

It is really pretty cool

Bea


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: finescalerr on February 04, 2021, 01:27:18 PM
Bea is our newest member. She currently specializes in scenery for her husband's layout. Let's see whether she might someday extend that to include structures. -- Russ


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: shropshire lad on February 04, 2021, 04:59:11 PM
Bea is our newest member. She currently specializes in scenery for her husband's layout. Let's see whether she might someday extend that to include structures. -- Russ

She sounds like she might be British , can you confirm this ? Never mind including structures in the future , we want to see her scenery now ( well , not this very minute , but some time soon) .

 Nick , enjoying the view from the corner .


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: Ray Dunakin on February 04, 2021, 06:19:16 PM
Welcome aboard, Bea!


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: TRAINS1941 on February 04, 2021, 11:18:00 PM
Welcome Bea.

Jerry


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: SandiaPaul on February 05, 2021, 05:15:34 AM
Wow cool, thanks for this...my wife(a botanist and evolutionary biologist) will love it!


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: Bernhard on February 05, 2021, 03:47:46 PM
Very interesting, Bill. Thanks for sharing. I found on the internet that the book is also available in German.

Bernhard


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: Bea on February 06, 2021, 03:52:26 AM
Hi all, thanks for the welcome.

I promise to post some pictures as soon as I have some quality ones of what I thought is already quite nice - until I joined this forum.
Other newbies might know what I mean - it is overwhelming.
There is not much daylight around in my free hours at the moment, but I hope to give it a try tomorrow, some snow promised which makes the light brighter.

No I am not british, Nick, (though some people that hear me talk say I sound a bit scotts, then again irish, might be a reward from my penpal´s parents who travelled around with me to see all the mothertongue grandparents being scottish and from Chelsea, living and raising the kids in Nottinghamshire, I spent weeks there so it is a real funny mixture. And yes, it is British English though, to excuse for some characteristic "typos").

My home is at the very western sticky outy of Germany, quite close to the dutch border and the most known bigger city might be Cologne.
So I am surrounded by flatlands with quite a green floral habitat because of a good amount of rain we usually get.

Now, off to the hills before the snow appears. cya soon, really looking forward to having a lot of exchange here.


Title: Re: 19th century naturalist color guide
Post by: Bill Gill on February 06, 2021, 07:17:22 AM
Hi Bea, Welcome to the forum.
That was a surprise this morning to see a reply about this book. The original posting. (2018) hadn't caught any attention, but your comments triggered several!

I know fullwell what you mean about feeling overwhelmed here, but it's a great group.
Looking forward to seeing some of your scenery, it's an area I also enjoy and what prompted the posting of the info about the book in the first place.

SandiaPaul and Bernhard, Glad you found the book interesting.