With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors. Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more. So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.
Title Flyer for Lewis & Company, Liverpool, manufacturer of boys' clothing
Book Condition Very Good
Seller ID 004552
N.d., circa 1860. Oblong, 14 by 24.5 cm. On one side is an illustration of seven boys sporting the company's high fashion of the moment, and the other side is info about the company and the offer to prospective customers to take the clothing on trial. Back to the illustration, the boys have the faces of Greek statuary, which represented an ideal of masculine beauty at the time, and hair of luxuriant wavy locks. Their pants taper down to tiny shoes -- the boys almost could be mistaken for having bound feet like upper crust Chinese women. The clothes on offer include a tunic suit, an inverness wrapper (a cape), coats, a Brighton suit, etc. The target market was boys 4 to 20. Age toning, and a touch of soiling. Two folds, as was probably how the advertisement was issued.