Robert F. Wilson & B. K. Battersby. Foreword by John P. Glass.
London. British Colour Council. 1949. First edition. Copy no. 1183 from an edition of 7,500. 3 volumes, in red buckram slipcase; 2 swatch volumes bound in red buckram with a screw fastening binder, text volume bound in matching red buckram. 21 fold-out sheets of colour swatches in volumes 1 and 2, with black card viewing strip loosely inserted in front of each volume; 52 pages of text in volume 3. 378 colours pictured in 1099 swatches. 285 x 225mm (11¼ x 8¾"). 3.5kg. . English. Fine; an uncommonly fresh copy that looks to have been rarely used, with all the sample sheets and their swatches present.
A scarce colour sample book, with all samples present. These three volumes were produced by the British Colour Council with an intention to standardise colours across the interior decoration trade. A decorator could use their copy of the dictionary to specify to a manufacturer exactly which colour they wished to achieve. The books became an invaluable aid and, although over 7,000 copies were printed, few survive because they were used so extensively as working tools. Each of the 378 colours are shown on three surfaces - matt, gloss and pile fabric (carpet). There are 35 colours where no pile fabric sample is included because 'it was not considered advisable to dye that particular colour on pile fabric owing to the possibility of fading or discolouring in a comparatively short space of time'. Volume 3 includes a list of the colour names and their history.