Robert F. Wilson (Art Director and General Manager).
London. British Colour Council in collaboration with The Royal Horticultural Society. 1938; 1942. First edition. 2 volumes. Two 8-page stapled booklets; 200 loose plates each representing a different colour, with each colour sampled in 4 different tint or shades; 800 colour samples in total; black card viewing mask included. All housed in two matching olive-green cloth portfolio-style cases, with titles in black to front. 250 x 170mm (9¾ x 6¾"). 1.7kg. . English. Very good; slight shelf wear to cases; colour sample plates printed on gloss paper are curled at edges, as usual; some foxing to booklet of volume one.
A colour sample chart, with all samples present. The British Colour Council was established in 1930 to standardise colour definition across industries. In 1934 the Council published The Dictionary of Colour Standards. This present work,, published in parts in 1938 and 1942, selects colours particularly appropriate to horticultural and flowers. 'The need for standardized colour terms for horticultural use requires no emphasis, without them accurate description is impossible.' (from the introduction). The book remains an invaluable aid for colour inspiration and matching and, as the original text makes clear, it has 'a use and value far outside its horticultural scope'. Few copies of the chart have survived because it was used so extensively as a working tool.