Sale: 366 / Rare Books including Marine Art, May 17./18. 2010 in Hamburg Lot 14

 
Michel Eugène Chevreul - Du contraste simultané. 2 Bde. 1839. (11).

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Michel Eugène Chevreul
Du contraste simultané. 2 Bde. 1839. (11).
Estimate:
€ 5,000 / $ 5,500
Sold:
€ 10,800 / $ 11.880

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Chevreul, M. E. De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs, et de l’assortiment des objets colorés, considéré d’après cette loi dans ses rapports avec la peinture, les tapisseries des gobelins .. les tapis, la mosaïque .. Text- and atlas vol., together 2 vols. With 3 (2 in colors) engr. and 37 lithographed plates (34 with stencilled coloring) on together 22 sheets (of which 15 folding and 1 with movable part, 14 sheets signed by Chevreul below the image) as well as 9 handwriting samples on color papers and 2 folding charts. Paris, Pitois-Levrault 1839. Modern half calf with label using the old boards and endpapers (text vol.). 8vo. XV, 735 pp. and contemp. half calf with gilt spine (plate vol) 4to. 2 ll.

DSB III, 241. - Norman Coll. 979. - Poggendorff I, 433. - Copy from the edition A with gray and black background of plates 5-31 (after Norman). - First edition of Chevreul's main work on color harmony. - "In addition to the chemical aspects of dyeing Chevreul made an intensive study of the principles governing the contrast of colors, which resulted in his monumental De la loi .. the most influential of his many books. This book was the outcome of his discovery that the apparent intensity and vigor of colors depended less on the pigmentation of the material used than on the hue of the neighboring fabric. After many experiments on color contrast Chevreul formulated for the first time the general principles and effects of simultaneous contrast, the modification in hue and tone that occurs when juxtaposed colors are seen simultaneously" (DSB) - The chemist Chevreul (1786-1889) was head of the dye works of the royal tapestry manufactory as of 1824 and was appointed to a professorship of chemistry in 1830. This work had more influence on painting than it had on optics, particularly on the Impressionists G. Seurat and P. Signac. - Plates slightly foxed and with slight traces of damp (leading to slight offsetting), 1 plate with small defective spot (loss of image), 1 plate with small marginal blemish, 1 plate with crease mark, text foxed and somewhat browned. Edgeworn, joints of plate vol. somewhat brittle.

14
Michel Eugène Chevreul
Du contraste simultané. 2 Bde. 1839. (11).
Estimate:
€ 5,000 / $ 5,500
Sold:
€ 10,800 / $ 11.880

(incl. 20% surcharge)