The Principles Of Beauty In Colouring Systematized.




William Blackwood and Sons,






dedicated to david roberts,

Item Description

First Edition. 8vo. 8 x 6 inches, iv, 72, 8 pp of advertisements. Illustrated with 14 plates of colour wheels with a total of 86 paint samples. There is some foxing to the endpapers and to the margins of a few plates. Bound dos-a-dos, publisher's binding of gilt stamped ivory coloured cloth in which the text is bound to the front board, the plates to the back, so one can view the plates and read the text at the same time. The original ivory coloured cloth is a little time stained and the original spine has been relined, extremities worn but a very good example. An unusual work on the colour theory by David Ramsay Hay (1798-1866), Scottish artist and interior designer whose commissions included the decoration of the royal residence of Holyrood house for Queen Victoria and the country house of Abbotsford for poet Walter Scott. Hay relates the harmony of colour with that of sound and proceeds with explanations on aesthetics and the nature and relation of colours and contrasting colours and his own new system of chromatic harmony. The latter is demonstrated with a series 14 examples, 13 of which consist of six different coloured samples arranged in a hexagonal pattern. A rare book which was later reissued in a more conventional binding.

[Stock No. 26925]

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