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Wiener Farbenkabinet - Manual on Preparation of Colors, 1794

One of only four known copies in the United States, this early manual on the preparation of colors contains 2,592 hand-colored natural dye specimens, along with details on how to apply them to silk, cotton, wool, leather, wood, bone, paper, and many other materials. Published in 1794 by Johann Ferdinand Ritter von Schönfeld, this manual reveals an extraordinary system of calibrated, named and numerated colors. This multi-volume guidebook is a valuable resource for conservators and anyone interested in color materials, techniques and applications. Printed in German Blackletter typeface Fraktur dating to the early sixteenth century, it is not machine-readable and requires transcription. A key provided in the page linked here will assist transcribers in identifying the appropriate Roman alphabet letters. To explore the fully digitized collection, visit here. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries digitally sponsored this book. To find out more information about this book and many others please visit the Smithsonian Institute Research Information System.