COLOR AS A MEANS OF ART, by Frank Howard - 1849


Color as a Means of Art: Being an Adaptation of the Experience of Professors to the Practice of Amateurs

by Frank Howard

 London: Henry G. Bohn, 1849.

 Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volume is in overall Very Good condition displaying mild wear and aging to covers and interior.
  • Green covers feature blind-tooled filigree on front and back, and display overall fading, more along edges, as well as some scuffs to back, creating 1/4 to 1" stains/rubbing scattered on back.
  • Boards are exposed at lower corners, and exhibit moderate edgewear with bumped upper corners as well as occasional rubbing and exposed boards along shoulders.
  • Spine features gilt and blind-tooled filigree, and shows moderate sunning. Spine ends are worn, with fraying and softening at head, and a chip at foot. (See photos)
  • Binding is secure with a little play, and slight cracking along hinges. 
  • Back pastedown has some pencil writing along head edge. (See photos)
  • Plates are in great condition with vibrant colors, as well as overall marginal toning. (See photos)
  • Interior is gently toned with scarce small stains.
  • Title page has a 0.5" horizontal tear along fore edge. (See photos)
  • Dedication page is unopened along head edge (See photos) 
  • Inside pages are free of writing or intentional marks.
  • Textblock edges are deckled along head, as well as along fore edge only for some of them.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of aging or wear.
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An extremely thorough and detailed study on the subject, Howard's book bases on examples taken from renowned masters such as Ruysdael, Titian, Turner, and more. Reproducing their technique and its effects on the plates, he explains how color works and how artists have used the most subtle principles, through the centuries of practice, in their works to obtain the desired results. The reader will learn how to understand old methods and use them in their own practice. 108 pages. 5 x 8 inches. 

Includes 18 plates -including frontis- as well as a list of plates. Includes a table of contents. With a Preface and an Introduction.


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