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Nuova Racolta di Costumi di Roma e Suoi Contorni Disegnati e Incisi all'Acqua Forte, Ferrari, Filippo
81 Ferrari, Filippo Nuova Racolta di Costumi di Roma e Suoi Contorni Disegnati e Incisi all'Acqua Forte
Roma 1838 Quarter Calf Good 
N.p. 4to. 29.5 by 20.5 cm. Hand-colored illustration on title, followed by 40 hand-colored costume plates depicting people of various professions in and around Rome, mostly common folk and their picturesque and colorful attire. No institutions listed with this exact same publication, but the illustrations herein can be encountered in leporellos and other formats, and so we are disinclined to make a representation about the scarcity of the collection of plates. Condition: Ex-lib, with perforated library name on every page, library bookplate in FEP, stamped number on one plate. Rebacked. Pages age toned, but otherwise mostly clean other than the perforation in upper right of pages. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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American Beauties, Fisher, Harrison
82 Fisher, Harrison American Beauties
Indianapolis The Bobbs Merrill Company 1909 First Hardcover Very Good Fair Jacket Jacket Harrison Fisher, with Decoration By E. Stetson Crawford 
4to. Unpaginated, 92 pp with 21 full page (11 by 9 inch) plates of feminine goddesses of the early twentieth century (the kind of women one might imagine in a Ziegfeld Follies of the day). Other pages, with light verse paeans to these women, also the kind of lines that might have been recited in a Ziegfeld cheesecake production number, surrounded by lovely borders of roses, vines, etc. Front board with some soilage. A small close tear on one leaf and a tiniest of pinprick holes near edge of a leaf near the end. Generally clean and tight. DJ, now protected with mylar, has considerable soilage and a few chips, one being rather larger (2 inches at widest). On the other hand, DJ comes with ribbon "To My Valentine" which is extremely rare. A very good copy overall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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L'Algeria Antica e Moderna Dai Primi Ordini de Cartaginesi Insino alla Presa Della Smala D'Abd-El-Kader, Galibert, Leone;  translated into Italian by Mariano D'Ayala
83 Galibert, Leone; translated into Italian by Mariano D'Ayala L'Algeria Antica e Moderna Dai Primi Ordini de Cartaginesi Insino alla Presa Della Smala D'Abd-El-Kader
Napoli (Naples) Tipografia Floriana 1846 First Quarter Calf Good Plus 
8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 787 pp. + 11 color plates of soldiers and fighters and 4 steel engravings of panoramas or views. Comprehensive history of Algeria, from Ancient Carthage to the then present of French control. Binding and text blocks are tight. Some occasional foxing, and on some pages it is considerable, as inevitable given the paper stock used. The costume color plates, though, are attractive and mostly clean, albeit their paper is toned a bit. Red calf spine and boards have a fair amount of rubbing, scuffing and wear, with some rawness on spine extremities. Overall better than a good copy. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Collection des Nouveaux Costumes des Autorités Constituées, Civils et Militaires.  Dostumes des Législateurs et des Autres Fonctionaires Publics., Garnerey, Jean François, author of text and illustrator.  Engraved by Pierre-Michel Alix.
84 Garnerey, Jean François, author of text and illustrator. Engraved by Pierre-Michel Alix. Collection des Nouveaux Costumes des Autorités Constituées, Civils et Militaires. Dostumes des Législateurs et des Autres Fonctionaires Publics.
Paris 1796 Full Morocco Near Fine 
8vo. 19 by 12.5 cm. 8 pp, followed by 26 hand-colored aquatint plates depicting the dress of legislators, military officers, bureaucrats and other public officials during the French Revolution and Directoire period. Later full red morocco binding, with ornate gilt turn-ins, by Riviere. Light foxing, never disconcerting. 
Price: 1350.00 USD
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85 Giafferri, Paul Louis L'Histoire du Costume Feminin Francais de l'an 1037 a l'an 1870
Paris Editions Nilsson 1922 First Wraps housed in a portfolio Very Good 
10 Fascicules housed in a portfolio folder. With 120 color pochoir plates, each measuring 39 by 28 cm, or 14.4 by 11 inches. The fascicules are devoted to different historic eras, and within, the plates are devoted to different aspects of clothing. All the fascicules have bright, lively illustrations on their covers which are among the most appealing illustrations in the series, followed by eight pages of text and then 12 plates, and the plates themselves have somewhat detailed captions describing the items depicted, thus making this an excellent visual reference as well as a hedonistic feast for the eyes for those enraptured by costume. Some fraying of the blue cloth of the outer portfolio. The leaves within are toned more heavily around the edges. A few chips. One fascicule has wraps torn at the spine line. Still, complete and mostly clean and fresh. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Das Romische Carneval, Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
86 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von Das Romische Carneval
Munchen (Munich) F. Bruckmann 1922 First Cloth Near Fine 
4to. Limited edition #244 of 1,000. 20 handcolored plates. Reprint with virtually complete fidelity to 1789 edition. 65 pp. Near fine. Boards have some soilwage and wear. Pages clean. Binding tight. 20 Handkolorierte Tafeln. Sehr schones Exemplar, ungefahre Fein. Die Deckeln haben ein Bischen Schmutz. Die Seiten sind sauber. Limiterte Auflage, 244/1,000. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Waverley Gallery of the Principal Female Characters in Sir Walter Scott's Romances.  From Original Paintings by Eminent Artists.  Engraved Under the Superintendence of Charles Heath, Heath, Charles
87 Heath, Charles The Waverley Gallery of the Principal Female Characters in Sir Walter Scott's Romances. From Original Paintings by Eminent Artists. Engraved Under the Superintendence of Charles Heath
London Tilt and Bogue 1841 First Very Good 
Unpaginated, with 36 hand-colored engravings of the heroines in Scott's novels, each plate accompanied by a text leaf with and telling passage that is telling of the heroines character, mettle, charm. Typically this work is encountered in black and white. The portraits epitomize ideals of beauty from the 1840s, and thus there are cosmetic similarities shared by all the ladies depicted, but through dress, expression, stance, a rich and variegated gallery emerges, and one can not gaze at these portraits without appreciating the rapture and awe Scott himself felt for his creations. The book is bound in a lushly decorated morocco. Both boards have an intricate band of swirling S motives and flowers constituting its dominant elements, and in the center is an armorial lion surrounded by an elaborate lozenge of floral vines with a calligraphic flow to them. The spine is divided into six compartments, five of which have an elaborate tracery. This still comes through, although the spine and the joints are rubbed rendering the spine a little "tired" in its appearance. The interior is tight. Some light and occasional foxing, but mostly clean. One plate with heavier marginal foxing, and tissue guards can be foxed. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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88 Heierli, Julie; Vorwort von Dr. H. Lehmann, Direktor des Schweizerischen Landesmuseums in Zurich Costumes Suisses [Schweizer-Trachten-Bilder von Wehrli A.-G., Kilchberg-Zurich]
Zurich Th. O. Studer-Schlapfer Wraps and Box Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1900 to 1920. 49 postcards of Swiss folk dress costume using colored photographs of local people. Captions on back or occasionally in corner of photo indicated the canton of origin. Regarding the pamphlet: 36 pp. Oblong, same dimensions as the cards, which are standard postcard-sized, or 14 by 9 cm, 5.5 by 3.5 inches. The box of cards was surely a souvenir item sold at the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum in Zurich which is a preeminent art and cultural institution in the country to this day, with particular strength in the decorative arts and ethnological matters relating to Switzerland and it was issued at a time that there was an awareness that the traditional modes of dress and agrarian living were quickly disappearing other than in the most limited of festival celebrations, and thus there was a surging of scholarly attention to these ways and a rush to preserve the record. Perhaps as interesting as the costume are the models who are ordinary folks. In their figures we encounter typically a compact efficiency. Seldom are they svelte by modern standards, but we can see an active purposefulness all the same. And then their facial expressions speak of humility, pride, perhaps resignation, perhaps something spiritual. A few of the cards are particularly beautiful and are hard to distinguish from painting. The box has some minor dampstaining in one corner and some small rubbed areas. Its outer shell has had some discreet repairs, as a result of which the box has structural integrity. The cards are clean, with some light toning, and uncreased. The pamphlet has some tiny fox marks which are barely noticeable. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Confection Pour Enfants Album d'enfants, Henriette Brouwers
89 Henriette Brouwers Confection Pour Enfants Album d'enfants
Cloth Very Good Plus 
An extraordinary notebook on children's clothing designs, replete with colorful cut-outs and Art Nouveau border decorations done entirely by hand. N.d., circa 1930. Unpaginated, with about 60 pages of text and illustrations, with a few blank sheets in the rear. The term, "notebook", reallly doesn't do this album justice, as it was clearly intended to be an object of beauty and pride, and it is plausible that the student even had vague notions of having this published. While it runs through the technical steps in the fabrication of all kinds of garments to be worn by children, the notebook or album can be fully appreciated just for its aesthetic unity and other virtues. The designs of the cut-outs mostly hark to the kind of children's wear of the twenties to even the forties, while the ornamentation is typical of earlier decades. The cursive handwriting is uniform and handsome without being a showy calligraphy, other than the headings, which are somewhat fancier. Generally the structural aspects of the designs are rendered by hand directly into the book while examples are represented by paper cutouts, with the cuts done with great care and precision. There are tissue guards between all the paper leaves. Minor wear to the pages and tissue guards. Slight bowing to the boards. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Our Grandmothers' Gowns With Twenty-Four Hand-Colooured Illustrations, Hunt, Mrs. Alfred W.  Drawn by George R. Halkett
90 Hunt, Mrs. Alfred W. Drawn by George R. Halkett Our Grandmothers' Gowns With Twenty-Four Hand-Colooured Illustrations
London Field & Tuer. Simpkin, Marchall & Co. Hamilton, Adams & Co. First Very Good 
Unbound leaves housed in dedicated small portfolio (7.5 by 5 inches) with ties and floral fabric pasted onto boards. 54 pp. plus 24 color plates. Leaves are heavily age toned, clean otherwise. Soiling and/or darkening of fabric on cover, heavier in one corner. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Album of Twenty-Nine Folding Color Fashion Plates from Les Modes Parisiennes Peterson's Magazine, Illman Brothers, engravers
91 Illman Brothers, engravers Album of Twenty-Nine Folding Color Fashion Plates from Les Modes Parisiennes Peterson's Magazine
1880-1882 Half Cloth. Marbled Boards. Very Good 
Oblong, 24 by 29.5 cm. The album was assembled from the hand-colored folding plates that appeared in each issue. Each shows five attractive young women decked in the latest fashion, usually engaged in an activity that the actual counterpart might have done, with occasionally men and/or children worked into the background or the activity. We see the women in an opera box, skating, making morning calls, promenading, at a garden party, playing croquet, at a wedding, at the seashore, gazing at engravings, etc. The compilation of these fashion plates makes for a very different experience from simply viewing them singly in the original magazine. The leaves are slightly browned but overall clean. Light to moderate wear to the binding. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] La Mode chez Delion.  Printemps et Eté 1903 Chapellerie Delion., Illustrations by Noël Dorville
92 Illustrations by Noël Dorville [Trade Catalogue] La Mode chez Delion. Printemps et Eté 1903 Chapellerie Delion.
Paris Devambez 1903 First Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 20 by 11.5 cm. 28 pp. Notable aspect of this thin catalogue is the eight pages devoted to caricature portraits of celebrities of the day -- Waldeck-Rousseau, Boni de Castellane, General Andre, etc. These drawings were done by Noël Dorville, a famous newspaper caricaturist of the day and a frequent contributor to the humor magazine, "L'Assiette au Beurre". The hats on offer range from top hats to bowlers, panamas, boaters, safari -- the full panoply of men's hats popular back when. While men's headgear is the primary thrust of the catalogue, there are two pages of hats for women, two pages of men's outerwear coats, and a page of canes and umbrellas. Overall, this is a handsome catalogue that sought to spare itself from being discarded upon receipt with its touch of levity. Condition: light soiling on the wraps. Clean within. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Beauty in clothes must be backed up by skilful, expert tailoring., J. L. Taylor & Co.
93 J. L. Taylor & Co. Beauty in clothes must be backed up by skilful, expert tailoring.
New York and Chicago J. L. Taylor Leporello Near Fine 
N.d., circa early 1920s. 18 by 10 cm. Four panel leporello promotional circular for men's suits. Illustrations are rendered with color printing. The men are all wearing boaters, suggesting spring and summer weight suits. They are tall and very slender, with the chiseled looks that were the ideal -- not so different from a lot of male fashion models of today, really. The front of the fold-out features a cut-out or shaped young women of the era, and from her dress we can surmise that the circular was issued in the very early twenties. J. L. Taylor had a large tailoring operation in both Chicago and New York until the Second World War. Specializing in pure wool fabrics for men's clothing, it employed hundreds of tailors and seamstresses. Scarce, with no copies found on OCLC. An inked name of the recipient in space intended for such on front. Otherwise, minimal wear, especially considering this was mailed. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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The International Fur Store 198 & 163 Regent Street. W., Jay, T.S., manager
94 Jay, T.S., manager The International Fur Store 198 & 163 Regent Street. W.
London Pebbled Wraps Good 
Very scarce trade catalogue with color plate illustrations. N.d., circa 1880s. Title, with a litho of a female customer greeting a taxidermy bear, followed by two page text store philosphy expositions and then 25 chromolithographic illustration on one side, with name of style and short description on facing page. All but two styles are shown using a painting of a pretty woman that brings to mind perhaps a young Jennie Jerome Churchill or any of a number of Edith Wharton or Henry James heroines. One illustration is of a man, and one is of the design without use of a human mannequin. Styles are designated as the Marcelle, the Danae, Heloise, Medea, Tristran, Latona, York, Cynthea, Maguier, Vernon, Armide, Thisbe, Roselle, Athena, Tavoir, Vesta, Hebe, Jervoise, Thetis, Alma, Fife, D'Alton, Leinster, the Marie Stuart collar, the Russian Circular, the Breton, and the Dallas. The explanation of the store's policy is quite interesting as well. It claims a competitive advantage for the store because of its policy of buying furs wholesale entirely on a cash basis, and then speaks of its loyal American clientele and why that is so -- a combination of quality and strong value. Mentioned is that the store clearly displays the price of each of its wares. No copies found on OCLC, although other ephemera survivors can be found on the Internet. Losses to the front wrap along joint, and surface rubbing with no significant losses. Closed tear to rear wrap, one inch long, repaired. Rebacked with nearly identical blue cloth strip to original. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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Trachten aus Alt-Hamburg, Jessen, H.
95 Jessen, H. Trachten aus Alt-Hamburg
Hamburg B. S. Berendsohn Decorative Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1850. 8vo. 20.5 by 14 cm. With 50 hand-colored plates. Colas 1547, Lipperheide 809. No title page, and probably the front cover always served as the title. A series of evocative, livelycostume plates, depicting a broad cross-section of Hamburger types, from all classes and many professions, sometimes with a dash of saucy humor. The collection was issued and/or bound in a variety of sizes and plate numbers -- there is no uniform standard. The volume here is of a larger format. Condition: light soiling of the contemporary decorative red cloth binding. Slight looseness to front hinge. Light age toning, but plates generally clean, their colors bright. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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Nouvelle Collection de Costumes Suisses Representee en Quarante Planches, D'Apres les Dessins de M. F. N. Koenig, Koenig, Franz Niklaus
96 Koenig, Franz Niklaus Nouvelle Collection de Costumes Suisses Representee en Quarante Planches, D'Apres les Dessins de M. F. N. Koenig
Paris Chez Lefuel Full Morocco, With Slipcase Very Good Minus 
12mo. (12 by 7 cm, 4.5 by 3 inches.) 91 pp. With 40 exquisite hand-colored costume plates. Scattered soiling to the leaves. Corner creases to some leaves. Second to last leaf with tiny short tear center page. Red morocco itself has some soiling, but remains highly handsome, as does the slipcase, of this scarce near-miniature costume plate book. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Nouvelle Collection de Costumes Suisses des XXII Cantons.  Neue Sammlung von Schweizertrachtenaus den XXII Cantonen. Representee en Quarante Planches, D'Apres les Dessins de M. F. N. Koenig, Koenig, Franz Niklaus, Lory and others.
97 Koenig, Franz Niklaus, Lory and others. Nouvelle Collection de Costumes Suisses des XXII Cantons. Neue Sammlung von Schweizertrachtenaus den XXII Cantonen. Representee en Quarante Planches, D'Apres les Dessins de M. F. N. Koenig
Zurich Orell, Fussli et. Comp. Full Straight-Grained Morocco Very Good 
N.d., circa 1812. 12mo. 14 by 9.5 cm. 223 pp. With 60 exquisite hand-colored costume plates. French and German texts. Inked inscriptions in prelims, and on title pages, where it overlaps title lettering. Otherwise generally clean copy, attractive binding, which has some sunning of spine, a bit of soiling thereon, and a touch of crackling on the boards discernible upon a close inspection. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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Japanese Costume.  28 original watercolors of Japanese imperial court costume., Koshima
98 Koshima Japanese Costume. 28 original watercolors of Japanese imperial court costume.
Leporello. Patterned silk covered boards. Custo Very Good 
N.d., circa 1870. Closed, the leporello measures 30 by 18.5 cm. The 28 watercolors are mounted on white card, which is speckled with gold and silver specks. Compared to color woodblock, the colors have greater variety as well as a richness, and there is an immediacy lacking in printed costume plates. The costumes are of officiers, knights, merchants and priests. Gold endpapers, and one page of Japanese calligraphic text. We know the name of the artist from a pencilled note, but nothing else about Koshima. The same note indicates that this is from the collection of Mr. Yamaga. Condition: slk cover frayed and worn along edges and by corners. Otherwise, paintings are fresh, box is pristine. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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99 Kretschmer, Albert Deutsche Volkstrachten: Original Zeichnunben Mit Erklarendem Text
Berlin J. G. Bach's Verlag Second Edition Cloth Bound Good Plus Kreschmer, Albert 
Folio - over 12. N.d. Circa 1880s, second, enlarged edition, 166 pp., with 90 chromolithographs, each measuring 12.5 by 10 inches. Costumes, with genre settings from German, Austrian, Tyrolean provinces (this includes area now part of Italy, in the Dolomites or Alto Adige). Some soiling to pages and to plate margins. Chromos themselves are generally clean and attractive. The binding itself is soiled and somewhat shaken. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Deutsche Volkstrachten:  Original Zeichnunben Mit Erklarendem Text, Kretschmer, Albert
100 Kretschmer, Albert Deutsche Volkstrachten: Original Zeichnunben Mit Erklarendem Text
Berlin J. G. Bach's Verlag 1880 Second Edition Cloth Bound Very Good Plus Kreschmer, Albert 
Folio. Circa 1880s, second, enlarged edition, 166 pp., with 90 chromolithographs, each measuring 12.5 by 10 inches. Costumes, with genre settings from German, Austrian, Tyrolean provinces (this includes area now part of Italy, in the Dolomites or Alto Adige). Chromos are especially brilliant, and they are very clean and crisp in this copy. Contemporary blue boards have some soilage. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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