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Moeurs, Usages et Costumes de tous les peuples du monde
Brussels,: Librairie Historique,, 1844.. Four volumes, large octavo, with a total of 204 finely handcoloured costume plates; contemporary half crimson roan, flat spines ornately gilt. Scarce and beautiful work on the costumes of the world, finely illustrated with a wonderful series of highly coloured full-page plates. The fourth volume covers Oceania and includes the Aborigines of Jervis Bay and Kangaroo Island, and the exotic peoples of Pitcairn Island, New Guinea, Timor, Java, New Zealand and Hawaii. There are also images familiar to us from published voyage accounts such as the Tahitian dancer after John Webber from the account of Cook's third voyage, and portrait profiles of Maoris based on Sydney Parkinson's images published in the official account of the first voyage.As usual, the plates in the publication do not exactly correspond with the lists published within the work. The table of contents describes 185 plates (actually 188, but an erratum shows that only 185 were issued) and subscribers could also order a series of twelve special supplementary plates - as here - making a total of 197 plates. This copy however has 204 plates. A full collation is available on request.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
Last Found On: 2013-07-26           Check availability:      Biblio    


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