Remarkable 285 pp. volume containing introductory text on the chemistry behind fabric dyeing, and 189 mounted and numbered fabric samples in vibrant Art Deco-inspired patterns including geometric, floral, polka dot, abstract, striped, and many others, with several examples of a single pattern presented in a rainbow of different colors, each fabric sample accompanied by text containing a detailed description of the chemical makeup or "recipe" used to produce each color in the fabric pattern. Some slight humidity warping to some of the pages, scattered toning and foxing, fabric samples vivid and bright. 4to. Original publisher's cloth boards with gold-stamped title to front cover and spine. Minor soiling, slight edgewear, bumping to top right corner of front cover. Frankfurt am Main (I.G. Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft) n.d. (circa 1930).
I.G. Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft, aka IG Farben or IG Farbenindustrie AG, was a major German chemical and pharmaceutial conglomerate formed by a merger of some of Germany's leading chemical manufacturers. Naphthol AS refers to a synthetic dye compound used in the dyeing of textiles. At the beginning of the 20th century, the German chemical industry dominated the international market for synthetic and specialty dyes, with eight companies producing almost 90 percent of the world supply of dye. Several of these companies formed an Interessen-Gemeinschaft, or alliance, in 1904, with the full IG Farben merger taking place in 1925. Incredibly scarce; as of July 2019, WorldCat locates only three holdings worldwide and none in a North American institution. Book ID: 50059