London: Windsor & Newton, [nd. but Preface dated September 1887]. iv,[4,]70,64pp. plus four stiff card sheets with 96 mounted color swatches. Small octavo. Flexible printed cloth over boards. Illustrations. Cloth a bit dust- dimmed, some expected offset from the beautiful color swatches to the facing blank versos, but very good or better, the swatches in fine, bright state. Item #WRCLIT85334
Designated on the title-page and front cover as a copy from the "Eleventh Thousand." Published as volume 43 in Windsor and Newton's series of "One Shilling Hand-Books on Art" -- the list of titles in the series on the rear cover extends to 45 titles. The title-page calls for only 72 swatches, but the upper cover calls for 96, which is the accurate count. Later impressions into the mid twenty thousands increased the number of sheets of swatches to five, and eventually to six. Late editions also added text by John Ruskin. Taylor based his text on the 1885 edition of Field's CHROMATOGRAPHY, which he edited. The controversy alluded to in the subtitle involved questions about the long- term effect of light on water-color pigments. The gradients evidenced in the swatches are quite well done.