Utterly OT: origin of a phrase?

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Wed Jun 15 14:40:30 EDT 2005


hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk wrote:

> I'm looking (purely as a matter of personal
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>>interest) for the origin of
>>the phrase "a colour not found in nature". 
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>The concept, though not I think the phrase, is there in Francis Godwin's *Man in the Moone* (1638). His hero, Gonzales, finds that the lunar inhabitants make much use of a new primary colour unknown on earth, and which he is consequently wholly at a loss to describe. I've got a photocopy of that book somewhere in my office, and could probably get the exact reference given time and a well-trained sniffer dog.
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>HTH,
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>Charlie
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The idea surfaces also in David Lindsay's "A Voyage to Arcturus", where 
there are two more primary colours, 'jale' and 'ulfire' (IIRC).
I think there are two sets of primary colours, and red is in both sets.

Colin

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