The First Six Books of Euclid in which Colored Diagrams and Symbols are used instead of Letters for the greater ease of Learners. With an Essay by Werner Oechslin.

The First Six Books of Euclid in which Colored Diagrams and Symbols are used instead of Letters for the greater ease of Learners. With an Essay by Werner Oechslin.
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London: Pickering, 1847 [i.e. Taschen: 2010]. 2 vols, 4to, vol. 1, xxix, 268 pp. Color woodblock printed diagrams throughout by Charles Whittingham; wood cut initials, being a fine facsimile of the 1847 original issue, vol. 2 a commentary in 96 pp. profusely illustrated in color. All enclosed in a cloth folding box. As new. A spectacular color-printed book. The work is based on the theory that by means of color “the Elements of Euclid can be acquired in less than one third the time usually employed, and the retention by the memory is much more permanent; these facts have been ascertained by numerous experiments made by the inventor, and several others who have adopted his plans” (Preface, p. ix.). Designed and printed by Charles Whittingham of the Chiswick Press, each proposition is set in Caslon italic, with a four line initial: “the rest of the page is a unique riot of red, yellow and blue: on some pages letters and numbers only are printed in color, sprinkled over the pages like tiny wild flowers, demanding the most meticulous register: elsewhere, solid squares, triangles and circles are printed in gaudy and theatrical colors, attaining a verve not seen again on book pages till the days of Dufy, Matisse and Derain.”—McLean, Victorian Book Design, p. 70. The superb Taschen facsimile, taken from my copy which I had planned to reproduce in facsimile myself but which Taschen took over. I had planned an edition of 500 copies; Taschen printed thousands and, after a color-illustrated full-page review in the New York Times (Aug. 2010) praising the facsimile, the book sold out world-wide and went into a second printing. Oechslin’s essay is printed in English, French, and German. (Item Id: 110442)

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