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Soviet Color Atlas for Medical Purposes

Atlas tsvetov [An atlas of color].

Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo meditsinskoi literatury (Medgiz), 1956. Octavo (22.5 × 16.8 cm). Original dark blue buckram with lettering to spine and front board; 52, [3] pp. of text with 17 black-and-white figures and charts, followed by 37 plates of color charts hors text, with cut-out sections, with overlays with corresponding numeric properties. With the device for viewing the color charts inserted into pocket on rear pastedown. About very good; light wear to spine; small owner inscription to title.

An elaborately produced and little known scientific examination of color theory and perception by the Soviet scholar Efim Rabkin, based on his theory of "color body" and "color circle." Interestingly, the work was approved by the commission on physiological optics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR as well as the ophtalmological society. Its purpose was not primarily artistic, but the author envisioned applications in biology and medicine, ophtalmology, psychology, physics, light technology, and other disciplines. The text part containing mathematical, theoretical, and technical reflections is followed by an intricate series of color plates with cut-out holes and overlays giving numerical values (colorimetric measurements), as well as a device for use in viewing and analyzing the colors.

See: Color Ordered: A Survey of Color Order Systems from Antiquity to the Present (2008), p. 308.

As of March 2022, KVK, OCLC show eight copies in North America.

Book ID: 51910

Price: $750.00