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A COLOR NOTATION A Measured Color System, Based On The Three Qualities Hue, Value, and Chroma With Illustrative Models, Charts, And A Course Of Study Arranged For Teachers.

Presentation copy from the author to the symbolist artist, designer, and book illustrator, Elihu Vedder, with a letter to Vedder from Munsell tipped in. Second, enlarged edition of Munsell’s first book. In the brief letter dated August 20, 1908 from Belgium, Munsell apologizes for the improper placement of the plates in the text - fault of a binder in Bruges. Evidently Munsell had this specially bound and was unhappy with the result. This is the second edition of this work (first published in 1905), revised and enlarged with new illustrations. "The new illustrations in this edition are facsimiles of children's studies with measured colour, made under ordinary school-room conditions. Notes and appendices are introduced to meet the questions most frequently asked, stress being laid on the unbalanced nature of colors usually given to beginners, and the mischief done by teaching that red, yellow, and blue are primary hues." (-preface). The text was presented to the Society of Arts at MIT in 1905 and reproduces the comments at that occasion made by H.E. Clifford who notes its usefulness to young children. Munsell’s systematic approach to colour and his interest in cultivating good taste through a “language “ of color and its subtleties brought him into conflict with Bradley and Prang on the education front, but he found success in commercial realms, particularly with the large retail market of the of Filene’s department store in Boston. See Blaszczyk, R.L. THE COLOR REVOLUTION pp. 45-70. “Color is in us - not outside.” Karpel E152 (1926 edition)

Bound in full leather with green silk moiré endpapers, inner front hinge slit along endpapers, but threads are firm; scattered and irregular very heavy browning to some pages. Penned presentation inscription to Vedder on front flyleaf and tipped- on signed letter in pen from Munsell to Vedder presenting him with the specially bound book and thanking him for his kindness to himself and, possibly, to his son, Enoch ( the name is not quite legible). Munsell’s letter is written on stationery with the crossed-out imprint of the S. Venezia out of Marseille; hand-written return address of Heyst-sur-Mer, Belgium.

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