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MEYRICK, Samuel Rush & SMITH Charles Hamilton:
The Costume of the Original Inhabitants of The British Islands, from the Earliest Periods to the Sixth Century; To which is added, that of the Gothic Nations on the Western Coasts of the Baltic, the Ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons and Anglo Danes.
ondon: Printed by William Bulmer and Co Shakspeare Press Published by R Havell : First edition, 1815. folio, (36 x 27cm), [x], 59pp., fine colour frontispiece and 24 finely engraved aquatint plates, all edges blocked in gilt, some old staining to blank endpapers mainly affecting the outer edges with some occasional very light old stains to extreme outer margins of final two leaves (unaffecting text in anyway), bound in handsome full dark green straight-grained morocco, with thick gilt decorative roll tool window and offset with blind embossed roll tooling together with inner gilt floral borders, fine gilt decorated spine in compartments with 5 slightly raised bands. A most handsome binding with some occasional rubbing on extremities. A generally VG copy with the text and plates in clean condition of this classic English colour plate book covering the history of British and Irish costume from the earliest period to the sixteenth century. Abbey Life (First edition) 427 ‘All plates have at the bottom a small coloured engraving of an archaeological object.’Tooley pp.266-6; Prideaux 321, 344; Colas No. 2051; Brunet III 1692; Prideaux, pp. 321-3. 'So far as our own country is concerned, the most important and in their way epoch-making books on costume were those of Charles Hamilton Smith and Samuel Rush Meyrick, written as they were from the point of view of the antiquary and scholar'. Depicting amongst other things, Bardic Scholars, a Judicial Druid, the Grand Conventional Festival of the Britains at Stonehenge, Costume of the Pagan Irish, Costume of a Pagan Saxon Chief, etc. Th … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Geoffrey Jackson [Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom]
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