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History of the Textile Art. Period fashion: Volume I; Patterned Wool; Volume II: Patterned Cotton 1903-1925.
Milan: Styling Consulting Service,, [?1980s]. Two volumes folio (297 x 210 mm). Black rough-weave cloth solander boxes with drop sides, title gilt to spines and front boards, explanatory title leaf to volume I, gold printed on glossy black medium card-stock, the boxes containing respectively 50 and 100 loose sheets of similar card-stock, each with mounted high-quality colour photographs (c.180 x 180 mm to c.228 x 172 mm) of fabric swatch composites, between 3 and 8 samples to each, lettered and numbered in gold. Slightly rubbed and a little dusty, spines sunned, corners bumped, small neatly repaired tear at foot of spine of volume II, card leaves with the occasional minor scuff, but remains very good. First and only edition of this visually beguiling and historically informative collection. The title leaf reports that "this photographic publication, composed of pictures of original fabrics from 1903 up to 1925, taken from private files, has been created to offer a proof of art and culture in the evolution of costume". We have been unable to trace any other copies. There is no indication of a printer or publisher anywhere in either volume or in the custom boxes, nor any other hints as to the origin of this fascinating collection of pin-sharp colour photographs of fabric swatches. The work, however, is clearly of Italian origin, and there is a hint of FMR in the thematic, and in the precision of execution and presentation. The first volume concentrates on wool weaves; tweeds, herringbones, plaids, and checks in a wide range of weights and colourways; the second is filled … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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