Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors. For example: Cleopatra used saffron?a source of the color yellow?for seduction. Extracted from an Afghan mine, the blue ?ultramarine? paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn?t afford to buy it himself. Since ancient times, carmine red?still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today?has come from Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors. For example: Cleopatra used saffron?...

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Title:Color: A Natural History of the Palette
Author:Victoria Finlay
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Color: A Natural History of the Palette
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Color: A Natural History of the Palette Reviews

  • Tracey
    Nov 21, 2007

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

  • Velvetink
    Jun 14, 2012

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

  • Jenny
    Oct 10, 2007

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

  • Erika Mulvenna
    Nov 29, 2017

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

    If I were a history buff, I'm sure I'd have found it at least a little bit lovely. But a history buff I am not, and the first 28 pages were some pretty dry reading and gives non-fiction a bad name. ...

    I picked this up on a whim at my local library, as it sat on a display of rainbow colors. (I have to plug my amazing local library here for a moment -- they always have the most engaging displays, some books chosen for their subject matter and others for their aesthetic.) I made sure t...

    My top three thoughts on 'Color': 1. I, like probably half the population in the world didn't bother to ponder about origins of colors let alone their history. They just magically appeared in my life in preschool and I took them for granted ever since. Then, I came across this book wit...

    I agree with many other reviewers who didn't like the fiction inserted into this "non-fiction" book. A few bits were interesting, the rest was not so much. ...

  • Amy
    Jun 02, 2011

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

    If I were a history buff, I'm sure I'd have found it at least a little bit lovely. But a history buff I am not, and the first 28 pages were some pretty dry reading and gives non-fiction a bad name. ...

    I picked this up on a whim at my local library, as it sat on a display of rainbow colors. (I have to plug my amazing local library here for a moment -- they always have the most engaging displays, some books chosen for their subject matter and others for their aesthetic.) I made sure t...

    My top three thoughts on 'Color': 1. I, like probably half the population in the world didn't bother to ponder about origins of colors let alone their history. They just magically appeared in my life in preschool and I took them for granted ever since. Then, I came across this book wit...

    I agree with many other reviewers who didn't like the fiction inserted into this "non-fiction" book. A few bits were interesting, the rest was not so much. ...

    I found this book fascinating, absorbing and exquisitely researched. In it the author takes us on a journey of discovery to look at dyes and pigments from before our current aniline dyes were invented. The chapters are named after the colour, and in each one we look at the hist...

    A meditation on the origins of different dyes and paints through human history, this book seems mostly to be an excuse for the author to travel to exotic lands and harass the people living there. It's interesting, for the most part. She talks to Aborigines about ochre, Mexican fish...

    2009 bookcrossing review I started reading this sometime last year. I got half way through then put it down for some reason. It got piled over other bits and I kind of forgot about it. I was tidying up last week and found it again and decided I needed to finish it. This was a rea...

    This is not just a history of color, but a bustling travelogue of the world; Victoria Finlay is just my type of traveler-- she has a plan but she doesn't. She hears of a place where a color was developed and she goes, and hopefully, just hopefully, she meets the right people and finds ...

  • Gale
    Jun 18, 2010

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

  • Andrew
    May 04, 2014

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

  • Fredrika
    Apr 06, 2010

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

  • Sarah
    Mar 12, 2011

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

  • Nancy McClure
    Aug 16, 2008

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

  • Maura
    Apr 21, 2008

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

  • Karyl
    Feb 14, 2017

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

    If I were a history buff, I'm sure I'd have found it at least a little bit lovely. But a history buff I am not, and the first 28 pages were some pretty dry reading and gives non-fiction a bad name. ...

    I picked this up on a whim at my local library, as it sat on a display of rainbow colors. (I have to plug my amazing local library here for a moment -- they always have the most engaging displays, some books chosen for their subject matter and others for their aesthetic.) I made sure t...

  • Gigi
    Jul 29, 2017

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

  • Miles
    Oct 22, 2008

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

  • Kiwiflora
    Jan 08, 2012

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

  • Ape
    Jan 24, 2011

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

    If I were a history buff, I'm sure I'd have found it at least a little bit lovely. But a history buff I am not, and the first 28 pages were some pretty dry reading and gives non-fiction a bad name. ...

    I picked this up on a whim at my local library, as it sat on a display of rainbow colors. (I have to plug my amazing local library here for a moment -- they always have the most engaging displays, some books chosen for their subject matter and others for their aesthetic.) I made sure t...

    My top three thoughts on 'Color': 1. I, like probably half the population in the world didn't bother to ponder about origins of colors let alone their history. They just magically appeared in my life in preschool and I took them for granted ever since. Then, I came across this book wit...

    I agree with many other reviewers who didn't like the fiction inserted into this "non-fiction" book. A few bits were interesting, the rest was not so much. ...

    I found this book fascinating, absorbing and exquisitely researched. In it the author takes us on a journey of discovery to look at dyes and pigments from before our current aniline dyes were invented. The chapters are named after the colour, and in each one we look at the hist...

    A meditation on the origins of different dyes and paints through human history, this book seems mostly to be an excuse for the author to travel to exotic lands and harass the people living there. It's interesting, for the most part. She talks to Aborigines about ochre, Mexican fish...

    2009 bookcrossing review I started reading this sometime last year. I got half way through then put it down for some reason. It got piled over other bits and I kind of forgot about it. I was tidying up last week and found it again and decided I needed to finish it. This was a rea...

  • Michael Martin
    Jan 30, 2014

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

  • Amy Beth
    Jul 11, 2011

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

  • Alex
    Jan 18, 2016

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

  • Stacey
    Nov 08, 2010

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

  • Bandit
    Mar 31, 2015

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    Mar 21, 2014

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

    If I were a history buff, I'm sure I'd have found it at least a little bit lovely. But a history buff I am not, and the first 28 pages were some pretty dry reading and gives non-fiction a bad name. ...

    I picked this up on a whim at my local library, as it sat on a display of rainbow colors. (I have to plug my amazing local library here for a moment -- they always have the most engaging displays, some books chosen for their subject matter and others for their aesthetic.) I made sure t...

    My top three thoughts on 'Color': 1. I, like probably half the population in the world didn't bother to ponder about origins of colors let alone their history. They just magically appeared in my life in preschool and I took them for granted ever since. Then, I came across this book wit...

    I agree with many other reviewers who didn't like the fiction inserted into this "non-fiction" book. A few bits were interesting, the rest was not so much. ...

    I found this book fascinating, absorbing and exquisitely researched. In it the author takes us on a journey of discovery to look at dyes and pigments from before our current aniline dyes were invented. The chapters are named after the colour, and in each one we look at the hist...

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Sep 15, 2012

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

  • Rebecca
    Jul 07, 2013

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

    If I were a history buff, I'm sure I'd have found it at least a little bit lovely. But a history buff I am not, and the first 28 pages were some pretty dry reading and gives non-fiction a bad name. ...

    I picked this up on a whim at my local library, as it sat on a display of rainbow colors. (I have to plug my amazing local library here for a moment -- they always have the most engaging displays, some books chosen for their subject matter and others for their aesthetic.) I made sure t...

    My top three thoughts on 'Color': 1. I, like probably half the population in the world didn't bother to ponder about origins of colors let alone their history. They just magically appeared in my life in preschool and I took them for granted ever since. Then, I came across this book wit...

    I agree with many other reviewers who didn't like the fiction inserted into this "non-fiction" book. A few bits were interesting, the rest was not so much. ...

    I found this book fascinating, absorbing and exquisitely researched. In it the author takes us on a journey of discovery to look at dyes and pigments from before our current aniline dyes were invented. The chapters are named after the colour, and in each one we look at the hist...

    A meditation on the origins of different dyes and paints through human history, this book seems mostly to be an excuse for the author to travel to exotic lands and harass the people living there. It's interesting, for the most part. She talks to Aborigines about ochre, Mexican fish...

  • Rachel
    Jan 08, 2012

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

  • T
    May 01, 2013

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

    If I were a history buff, I'm sure I'd have found it at least a little bit lovely. But a history buff I am not, and the first 28 pages were some pretty dry reading and gives non-fiction a bad name. ...

  • LuAnn
    Apr 15, 2017

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

  • Kiersten
    Oct 21, 2014

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

  • Cathy
    Jun 02, 2014

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

  • Saba
    Aug 11, 2018

    The disclaimers "I imagine", "perhaps", "possibly", "it could be that" appear in this NON-FICTION book far more times than they should. While I liked the content of about three-quarters of the book, it infuriated me at times when the author would suddenly start presenting the mater...

    Funny story with this book - got to page 112 and discovered that pages 113 to 146 were missing! Thankfully, Random House (publisher) came to the rescue and sent me a replacement copy. Until it came I was in suspense about how ladies used to poison themselves (by accident) with white co...

    I remember when I was a child getting a box of paints in small tubes. I was fascinated by the names of the colours, words I had never heard of before - vermillion, magenta, aquamarine, cochineal, carmine. They might have been only shades of orange, purple, blue and red, but those exoti...

    Having an affinity for all things color, I was attracted to the cover of Color: A Natural History of the Palette while visiting the Met one afternoon about a year ago. I bought it and have been reading it for the past year. I'm sad to say that I found the cover to be the best part ...

    LOVE me a book where I can pick a chapter and read up on what's been taunting my mind - thus I love anthologies and various other collections. in Color, I found a fantastic historical recounting of the who/where/why/what of much of our commonly accepted color palette. And that alone...

    I?d call this a travelogue on the origin of pigments and dyes of each rainbow color, and, I believe, the only book to really tackle the history of color. This book had been on my radar a while, but I had decided not to read it, yet a class on color finally compelled me to read it. Th...

    In an impressive mix of history, science and travelogue. Ms. Finlay shares with her readers the results of her worldwide search for the pigments and dyes and that humankind has used over the ages. Each color (including black and white) is represented in a separate section, where she we...

    Oh, this book had so much promise! And yet, it fell flat... I was expecting to read more of a history book, but it turned out to be a travelogue/memoir, and a tad too self-involved for my tastes. Moreover, the author does a lot of "imagining" for a work of non-fiction. Damn. ...

    This was an enjoyable book to read, but ultimately more of a travel book than a book about color. The adventures of the author tend to be given rather more weight than the subject. ...

    Be seduced by the history of pigments. Basically about the author's travels while seeking out the origins of ancient colours. I loved this and gladdened by the extensive notes and bibliography. ...

    Doesn't this look cool? JG is into it. She says it's a fun and engaging read. ...

    I really liked this book, and I checked it out from the library but I'm going to buy it. I didn't mind the format or the fact that she spoke about her modern-day expeditions for the colors. According to the Torah, Gold told Moses to tell the Israelites to make "fringes on the borde...

    I've always been fascinated about the origins of colour, and in Color - A Natural History of the Palette, author Victoria Finlay travels the world in her search for the origin and birthplace of colors and dyes. I wasn't interested in the author's personal travelogue, so I initially ...

    I love color. I've often said that I get the same pleasure out of looking at color that my friends seem to get from listening to music. It's a visceral feeling of joy that I can't describe particularly well with words. Also, since I'm a painter, this book has all the makings of a seven...

    This book too me an inordinate amount of time to get through. And although I'm not primarily a nonfiction reader, this time it had nothing to do with the book itself or really nothing to do with the quality of the book. The quality was awesome. Finlay's writing was engaging and humorou...

    This was an interesting book, but it was more a travel memoir than "a natural history of the palette." Another book by the author, THE BRILLIANT HISTORY OF COLOR IN ART, is a far more informative book for learning about the history of color in art. ...

    Finlay travels all around the world trying to find out the history of colors (she travels so much you wonder how her publisher could have afforded all that airfare and travel expenses). The funny thing is, much of the history is lost or inaccessible. She goes to Australia and decides n...

    A mass of information about the natural dyes and pigments used for the seven colours of the rainbow, plus black, white and ochre. Finlay journeys around the world to find the origins of the colours, tracing them through myth, art and history to find out how and where the colours were p...

    This is an impressive book with an innocuous title. The folio edition is as you would expect impressively bound and comes with its own box sleeve. However the contents are the same as the other editions just in a more impressive binding (I was lucky to pick this us second hand, there i...

    I've always been interested in color and have previous read The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky (****) by Ellen Meloy and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World (*****) by Simon Garfield. Those books are very different, one bein...

    I learned so much from this book, like . . . the formula for Red is relatively unchanged from the beginning of its existance, searching for the origin of Orange can teach you a lot about violins, Yellow and White are the deadlyest colors, and Green, although the most prevelent in natur...

    I have read this book cover to cover TWICE, and recommended it not only to art students but to friends and family as well. Anyone interested in art materials and their origins will truly enjoy. Also, the reading of this book drove m to want to learn even more and so I have read certain...

    If I were a history buff, I'm sure I'd have found it at least a little bit lovely. But a history buff I am not, and the first 28 pages were some pretty dry reading and gives non-fiction a bad name. ...

    I picked this up on a whim at my local library, as it sat on a display of rainbow colors. (I have to plug my amazing local library here for a moment -- they always have the most engaging displays, some books chosen for their subject matter and others for their aesthetic.) I made sure t...

    My top three thoughts on 'Color': 1. I, like probably half the population in the world didn't bother to ponder about origins of colors let alone their history. They just magically appeared in my life in preschool and I took them for granted ever since. Then, I came across this book wit...