Werner's Nomenclature of Colours

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Werner's Nomenclature of Colours

A charming artifact from the golden age of natural history and global exploration, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours was first published in 1814, and is a taxonomic guide to the colors of the natural world that have been cherished by artists and scientists - such as Charles Darwin during his voyage on the HMS Beagle - for more than two centuries.


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A charming artifact from the golden age of natural history and global exploration, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours was first published in 1814, and is a taxonomic guide to the colors of the natural world that have been cherished by artists and scientists - such as Charles Darwin during his voyage on the HMS Beagle - for more than two centuries.

Story

In the late eighteenth century, mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner devised a standardized color scheme that allowed him to describe even the subtlest of chromatic differences with consistent terminology. His scheme was then adapted by an Edinburgh flower painter, Patrick Syme, who used the actual minerals described by Werner to create the color charts in the book, enhancing them with examples from flora and fauna.

A charming artifact from the golden age of natural history and global exploration, Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours was first published in 1814, and is a taxonomic guide to the colors of the natural world that have been cherished by artists and scientists - such as Charles Darwin during his voyage on the HMS Beagle - for more than two centuries. This beautiful pocket-size facsimile is certain to delight and inform a new generation of artists and scientists.

Specs
  • Hardcover
  • 80 Pages
  • Published by Smithsonian Books
  • 5.8" x 0.5" x 9.1"