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Above: Pages from the incredible color mixing book handwritten and hand painted by A. Boogert in 1692. (From the collection of the Bibliothèque Méjanes.)
My design friends are always finding the most amazing things on the internet. Today one sent me a link to a post on This Is Collossal about A. Boogert who in 1692 wrote an 800-page book by hand—and painted it by hand as well. The pages are filled with color swatches—an exercise in explaining how to create hues and tones by adding different degrees of water.
Go read 271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book at this link. There you'll find links to view the entire book on line and other information.
The book is an incredible feat. I wonder what this artist was like, temperamentally, and intellectually what drove the artist.
And as I look at the pages I keep saying to myself, "And the artist didn't have any masking tape!"