You won't find the primary color blue in "The Pantone Book of Color."
What you will find are Blue Aster, Blue Coral, Blue Danube, Blue Fog, Blue Fox, Blue Grass, Blue Green, Blue Grotto, Blue Haze, Blue Ice, Blue Indigo, Blue Iris, Blue Mist, Blue Moon, Blue Radiance, Blue Ribbon, Blue Sapphire, Blue Turquoise, Bluebird, Bluejay and Bluesteel.They are among 1,024 colors, from Absinthe Green to Zinnia, that have been standardized by name, number and color swatch for the home furnishings and apparel industries. They are as helpful for the do-it-yourselfer as the professional.
The book (Abrams, November 1990, $27.50) was compiled by color consultant Leatrice Eiseman and Lawrence Herbert, president of Pantone, Inc. In addition to swatches and names, it identifies each color is six languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. So if you want to buy teaberry in Tokyo, they'll know what you're talking about.