Volume 1 of the Handbook of Colorants Chemistry comprehensively covers the fundamentals of color as well as the underlying scientifi c principles, via the presentation of molecular compositions of inorganic and organic pigments. The author explains the chemical and physical production of color and the infl uence of the physical-geometric pigment parameters on the color shade. This volume also deals with historical and modern pigments, dyes, and binders, as well as their mode of action. The complementary "Volume 2: in Painting, Art and Inks" (ISBN 978-3-11-077700-0) focuses on paints, painting and drawing systems used by the painter and craftsman. The book is supplemented by a comprehensive bibliography with references to standard works, monographs, and original papers. The reader is provided with a unique overview of the fi eld of color chemistry.