Wonderful book this one.  Its ~ 280 pages taking each color of an artist’s palette and going thru the history of how the color came to be & notable events relating to the color over history.  Very readable especially for those who find color –> of the the greatest pleasures in life.   For instance a very useable shade here in the Pacific Northwest of the USA is Payne’s Gray as we are often enveloped in rain and shades of gray and blue.  It turns out it was “invented” by William Payne, a British civil engineer who gave that up and became a full time painter in the 1700s.  Your local library may well have this volume.  If you like to paint —> check it out, your in for a treat  : )