Nature's Harmonic Unity. A Treatise on its Relation to Proportional Form.
New York: G. P. Putnam's & Son, 1912. First Edition, Inscribed. Hardcover. Quarto. viii + 328pp. Olive cloth with gilt title and device to upper board and gilt lettering to spine, b&w frontis and 302 b&w illustrations by the author, appendixes. A rare INSCRIBED first edition of Colman's work. The inscription is on the front free endpaper and reads: "Arthur H. Howland. / With the author's compliments" . Howland's custom-made bookplate is on the front pastedown, facing the inscription. Samuel Colman (1832 – 1920) was an American painter, interior designer, and writer, who is best remembered for his paintings of the Hudson River and, in more recent years, for the two books on geometry in art and architecture and its relation to natural form, number, etc. that he wrote. "Nature's Harmonic Unity" is the first of those two titles - and is now considered one of the foundation works in the study of Sacred Geometry. Cloth rubbed with some uneven fading to fore-edges of boards, all edges and points a bit chafed with some very light fraying at spine ends, a few light bumps to edges. Edges of text block darkened, pages toned with occasional browning/greying (most notable on frontispiece and title-page) but unmarked, light ripple and uneven browning to rear endpaper. Overall a tight, solid, better-than VG copy of this very scarce work (believe no dust jacket issued). Oversized book - may require additional shipping. Item #68723