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The full set of 5 books in the Designer's Guide to Color series published by Chronicle Books with introductions by James Stockton.
The series has different authors. Book 1 & Book 2 do not list any authors. Book 3 is JeanneAllen, Book 4 & Book 4 are Ikuyoshi Shibukowa & Yumi Takahashi
.Quoting from the last paragraph of the introduction to book 2: " This book is an invitation to look at color in new ways, to perceive color differently and moire accurately in experiment and to enjoy."
Quoting from the inside front cover of book 1: "This compact book is meant to serve primarily as a professional tool for anyone associated with design or the design process'"
"...anyone who needs to confirm color ideas or to find color combinations, suggestions, and examples presented in a straightforward , pure and neutral way."
I have had individual copies of these books for sale here before but never the whole series.I put it together buying the copies from different sources. It took some time to get them all.
There is very little text in these books, it is mostly swatches (not sure what else to call them) of colors in combination. Five whole books worth.
They are divided by the types of combinations. The first book begins with a color wheel, then examples of each color, alone. A page of each book is shown below the chapter.
Book One: pub. 1983 138 pages; two color combinations-three color combinations-of brilliant colors-with white-with soft colors-with bright colors-with gray-with deep colors-with black-with dark colors
Book Two:pub. 1984 128 pages; very pale colors, pale clear colors, free combinations, silver gray, pale and subdued colors, bright clear colors, medium grays, free combinations of bright colors, bright subdued colors, vivid & bright colors, slate gray, vivid colors, bright & vivid colors, vivid and concentrated colors, medium colors, deep colors, concentrated colors, charcoal gray, bright with concentrated colors, subdued colors, dark colors, black and vivid colors, black with concentrated colors, black with medium colors.
Book 3: pub 1986 119 pages; 65 patterns ranging from dots, stars, stripes, simple prints, quilt patterns, abstracts, ethnic patterns, landscape patterns, children's prints, many types of florals art deco patterns, mosaics, islamic patterns, India, paisley, latin American, African, and 8 types of Japanese patterns
Book 4: pub. 1990 138 pages; general patterns chapters each containing many different patterns. The main titles are: pale, light, bright-dull-vivid deep-dark grayish
Book 5: pub. 1991 128 pages; chapters each with between 2 & 4 divisions. pale-romantic-refreshing-tranquil-fruity & juicy-tropical-strong-sporty-ethnic-full bodied-dark-subdued-warm/hot-cool/cold-pleasant-solitary-dry-cool & modern-exotic-elegant-chic-Japanese style. The book ends with seasonal combinations.
These are incredible books, as someone who loves colors, I can only tell you how wonderful I think they are.
These are all glossy cover paperbound book except forBook 2 which is hard cover. All published by Chronicle Press in San Francisco.
They are in various conditions, none is less than very good. Book 4 is somewhat used appearing, the others, again, vary.