I ordered the following books from amazon (hope to have them by next week!)
The Craftsman's Handbook: "Il Libro dell' Arte" by Cennino Cennini
The History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten
Theory of Colours by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
The Merchant of Marvels and the Peddler of Dreams by Frederic Clement
and today I ordered some watercolours from Daniel Smith's online store...waiting for email confirmation from them, so I am trying not to get too excited yet!!