Color Problems; A Practical Manual for the Lay Student of Color

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Color problems; a practical manual for the lay student of color

By Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902.

Emily Noyes Vanderpoel was a painter who worked in watercolors and oils, and thus her understanding knowledge of color theory lends a generous hand to the text of this book. Intended to be consumed by designers, decorators, lithographers, and artists, this manual on color theory addresses the basic principles of color theory, color problems, and color harmonies. This first edition has 117 vivid color plates allow the reader to fully understand the concepts and harmonies addressed in the text of the book. The true highlight of this book, however, is the existence of the original color chart mask and two plastic "color screens" (blue and yellow) housed in an envelope on the back cover. The handwritten notes show the book was purchased from the "Woodward & Lothrup museum" in the revered (but now defunt) Washington D.C. department store, to be cataloged as a part of the central library at the Smithsonian, in what was then the U.S. National Museum.

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This book has an early 20th century full green cloth publisher's binding with gold stamping on the spine and front cover. The spine is worn with areas of loss at the head of the spine. The textblock is intact but very loosely cased in as the spine lining is failing. The majority of the textblock is tabbed color plates. At the back of the volume in an envelope there is a letter that holds the original color lenses through which the plates are viewed. Conservators will remove and repair the case. The spine will be relined and the textblock re-cased in the repaired case. The envelope and lenses will be re-housed in a Mylar sleeve. The original envelope in the back of the book will be repaired and the lenses and brown envelope (in the Mylar) placed back in it.

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