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A. & C. Black, Ltd, London.
Decorated burgundy boards, with costume illustrations and Tudor roses.
Good, some shelf wear especially to spine. Some age marking and foxing to outer pages. Colour plates all very good.
1931 reprint of 1907 single volume edition. First published in four volumes in 1906.
A history of English costume from the time of William the First, 1066, to the end of the reign of George the Fourth in 1830. Illustrated with 61 colour plates painted by the author, and numerous line drawings. Also includes 32 reproductions of engravings by Hollar, and 60 wash drawings by The Dightons, father and son. 463 pp.
Divided into chapters for each reigning monarch. a history of how English costume has evolved and changed in the nearly 800 years covered. Ranging from the elaborate dress of royalty and the aristocracy to that of labouring people. One particularly interesting sequence of chapters describe how dress changed from the flamboyance of King Charles I and the Cavaliers to that of the plain and monochrome Puritans under Cromwell; and then mostly back again after the restoration.