Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours

Posted: July 19, 2018 by Mo Crow in good books, It's Crow Time
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this beautiful little book just arrived in the mail
the title page
love the analogies
a good book is such a treasure
Werner’s greens for Marti

  1. fiberels says:

    poetry are the names for BLUE, Mo !!!

  2. jude says:

    gosh what a great thing!

  3. deemallon says:

    King’s yellow, ash grey, skimmed milk white. It really does read like poetry.

  4. Hazel says:

    OH!!! Oooh! On the List!

  5. shemann says:

    I have been curious about that book, it’s on my list. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Marti says:

    What a marvelous book and I can’t help but wonder how green, my favorite color is noted: I often give names to the shades of green that I sometimes get when dyeing cloth by luck, happenstance, and sheer alchemic magic.Sometimes the names reflect where I live so now that I am in New Mexico…

    I have “Hatching Green” , a somewhat bright green color in honor of our states best known product, green chilies

    “Tierra Arriba” green (tierra arriba means high country in Spanish and this green has darker overtones, reminds me of Pinon trees.

    “Olivos Green, (olivios is the Spanish word for olives) because this color is the color of good olive oil a green that I get when using red onion skins in a copper pot with a splash of vinegar. It’s the green of the pennant I sent to you.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Marti))) just scanned Werner’s greens and added them to this post!

      • Marti says:

        Oh this is great Mo, thanks for posting the greens. I enlarged the photo to see the greens and he does list an olive green, but it is Sap green that really called out to me although I have to say that Siskin felt familiar, quite similar to a green that I get when I mix grapevine bark with pear leaves- this is fascinating .

  7. Fiona says:


  8. vdbolyard says:

    Oh, Mo, i bought this and was so excited. i looked and looked, disappointed, the color and the reproduction were poor, it made me so sad. this is a book that deserved the very best reproducing, and the publishers really dropped the ball. i sent it back.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Velma))) considering the age of the original publication I expected the colours would be faded (think about the Turner’s you have seen in real life) the descriptions are pure poetry, for me it’s worth every penny!

  9. Saskia says:

    oh my, another book on my never ending wish list! it is wonderful in every sense of the word

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