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Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours

BY Patrick Syme and Abraham Gottlob Werner

 
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Smithsonian Books

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours

BY Patrick Syme and Abraham Gottlob Werner

$14.95
In the pre-photographic age, when scientific details had to be otherwise captured, 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. Werner’s catalog of colors was then adapted by an Edinburgh flower painter, Patrick Syme, who used the actual minerals described by Werner to create the color charts in this book, enhancing them with examples from flora and fauna. First published in 1814, Werner's Nomenclature of Colour became an invaluable resource for naturalists and anthropologists, including Charles Darwin, who used it to identify colors in nature during his seminal voyage on the HMS Beagle, enabling his readers to envision a world they would never see. This new hardcover, 80-page pocket-sized edition of Werner’s Nomenclature of Colour features detailed color swatches and historical notes and is a charming artifact from the golden age of natural history.