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Robert F. Wilson & B. K. Battersby. Foreword by John P. Glass. London. British Colour Council. 1949. First edition. Copy no. 830 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. Near fine; unlike most other copies we have seen this set is bound in buckram rather than leather and so is not subject to the splitting and flaking common in other sets; slipcase is lightly worn with some fading to one side, two white paint splodges to base; the top forecorner of the front free endpaper of the text volume has been clipped; the spines of the three volumes are slightly rubbed; the hinges of the two sample volumes are slightly weak; a very fresh copy, with all the sample sheets and their swatches present. Rare to find in such good condition.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.