Elizabeth Burris-Meyer (consulting colorist).
New York. William Helburn, Inc. 1947. First edition. Yellow buckram-bound hardback, with title in red to front board and spine. xi pages. 30 plates each with 7 colour samples of various widths pasted in a column down the page. Each plate is accompanied by explanatory text on the opposing page. Tissues guards for each leaf. 235 x 185mm (9¼ x 7¼"). 0.5kg. . English. Very good; light wear to cloth, some rubbing along lower edge of boards and base of spine, slight marks to yellow boards; samples remain fresh and bright.
A post-War American colour sample book, published with the intention to brighten up life after the grey austerity of the Depression and War years. Burris-Meyer advocates a methodical approach to colour planning, with a clear aim to achieve a certain purpose, such as raising spirits, bringing rest and relaxation, or encouraging creativity. Each plate displays 7 different colours, mostly matte but some gloss, intended to be used together in a certain location. The 30 plates include schemes for a Recreation Room in a Factory, Bar and Card Room Off a Living Room, Library and Study, Powder Room, Doctor's Waiting Room and Theatre Lounge. There are a notable number of locations specific to women including a Woman Executive's Study, Lounge in Women's Club and a Bedroom that is a Hobby Room too. The samples are accompanied by text listing which colour should be used for which element. The colours reference the Munsell system of colour notation.