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THE DYER'S HANDBOOK: MEMOIRS ON DYEING BY A FRENCH GENTLEMAN-CLOTHIER IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT TRANSLATED AND CONTEXTUALIZED. {Cover title: The Dyer's Handbook: Memoirs of an 18th-Century Master Colourist.} Ed. by Dominique Cardon. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2016. Ancient Textiles, 26. Published in the U.S.A. by Oxbow Books, Philadelphia. 208 pp. with 69 ills. (51 col.). 31 x 22 cm. LC 2016-17651 ISBN 9781785702112 In English.
Publisher's description: Persian blue, pomegranate flower, spiny lobster, wine soup, pale flesh, dove breast, golden wax, grass green, green sand, rotten olive, modest plum, agate, rich French gray, gunpowder of the English -- just some of the color names of old fabric to fire the imagination. Memoirs on Dyeing concerns a unique manuscript from the eighteenth century; a dyers memoirs from Languedoc, containing recipes for dyes with corresponding color samples. It is an exceptional document, hugely rare and of great significance not only to textile historians but dyers and colorists today, as thanks to the information in the manuscript the colors can be reproduced exactly, with the same ingredients, or reproduced using modern techniques by matching the color samples. To the English translation of the text, together with facsimile pages reproduced in color from the original manuscript, are added essays meant to situate it in its historical, economic and technological contexts.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1600-1800 — Textile/Fiber Arts
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 171460
Hardcover $75.00    

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