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The Costume of Great Britain
London: William Miller, 1808 Full red morocco, lots of gilt & blind tooling to both covers and spine, title in gilt, 5 raised bands to spine, some wear and bumping to edges and corners. Internally, gilt tooling to turn ins, grey endpapers, (1), (iii), (1), 100 pp, 60 coloured aquatints, vignette on title, some plates with with 2 pages of text. This is the best version of the book, which was first printed in 1804, this version has the background of the plates fully coloured (most copies have just the figures coloured), dated 1805. Plates include: Highland Piper, Royal Mail, Rabbit Woman, Lord Mayors Barge, Milk Woman, Coal heavers etc etc. A spectacular Book! Colas 2448. Abbey 430. (Pyne, William Henry [pseud. Ephraim Hardcastle] (1770-1843), artist and writer. He edited the last four volumes of Ackermann's The World in Miniature, completed in 1827, before serious financial difficulties caused him to be confined, in 1828, in the King's Bench Prison for debtors until his friends obtained his release. Afterwards he painted a few watercolours and in 1831 contributed to a work entitled Lancashire Illustrated before being confined again in the debtors' prison in 1835!. For a full Bio see ODNB) Tooley 388/p306.
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