A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists

A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists
by Robert Ridgway
Adopted for Conservation by
Robin Duska
on July 2, 2019
A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists

A nomenclature of colors for naturalists: and compendium of useful knowledge for ornithologists / by Robert Ridgway ; with ten colored plates and seven plates of outline illustrations.

By Robert Ridgway. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1886.

Robert Ridgway, the first full-time curator of birds at the Smithsonian (1880-1929), described and named many new species of birds during his long career. In this work he was very conscious of the difficulty of describing colors for identifying birds, as well as visualizing the color terms used in other ornithologists’ descriptions. He published two books to standardize the vocabulary of colors for naturalists, and they are widely used to this day. This copy of his first color book was inscribed by Ridgway to George BrownGoode, an ichthyologist and the Smithsonian’s Assistant Secretary in charge of the National Museum.

Condition and Treatment: 

This is a late 19th century volume bound in green bookcloth. The covers are nearly detached and the spine is damaged at the head and tail. The textblock is oversewn and broken near the end of the book. Conservators will remove the binding and repair the damaged spine. The spine of the textblock will be cleaned and relined. The broken section will be re-attached to the textblock. The textblock will then be re-housed in the repaired original case.

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Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future