In 1692 an artist known only as A. Boogert sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. He began the book with some text about the use
of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.
It's hard not to compare the
hundreds of pages of color to its contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, which wouldn't be published for the first time until 1963.