Book, Wiener Farbenkabinet (Viennese Color Cabinet), 1794
One of only four known copies in the United States, this early manual on the preparation of colors contains 2,592 hand-colored natural dye specimens. Organized according to color starting with black, it includes color recipes along with details on how to apply dyes to silk, cotton, wool, leather, wood, bone, paper, and many other materials.
It is credited
Gift of Virginia Hamill Johnson, Smithsonian Libraries, QC495 .W64.
Its dimensions are
Open: 24.8 × 43.2 cm (9 3/4 × 17 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.