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L'Angleterre
Paris: Librarie de Gide, c. 1821. - How The French View The EnglishIn 24 Hand-Colored AquatintsEYRIES, J[ean]. B[aptiste]. B[enoit]. L'Angleterre, ou Costumes, Moeurs et Usages des Anglais. Suite de Gravures Coloriées Avec Leurs Explications par J. B. B. Eyriès. Paris: Librarie de Gide, n.d. [c. 1821]. First edition. Quarto (10 1/4 x 6 1/2 in; 259 x 164 mm). [56] pp. Twenty-four hand-colored aquatint plates. Vignette to title-page.Contemporary quarter crimson straight-grained morocco over red roan boards with blind-stamped border. Smooth spine with gilt rules and lettering. Corners and board edges a little rubbed. An excellent copy.OCLC/KVK record only three copies in institutional holdings worldwide, at BNF, N'tl Library of Scotland, and N'tl Museum of Wales."First edition of a scarce illustrated book. As a French view of their island neighbours it presents an interesting selection of characters: a baker, sailor, shrimp-seller, newsboy, dustman, May Day reveller, an artillery officer, judge, beefeater, alderman and the Lord Mayor of London. Clearly the notion of Angleterre stretches to the wider Britannic nation with the inclusion of a Welsh peasant, a Scots soldier and a highlander. The approximate date of publication may be deduced from a reference on p. 9 to British census of 1821. Eyriès produced similar volumes on the costumes of Austria, China, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. Though each was issued separately over the course of several years, they were evidently sometimes combined to form the series Costumes" (COPAC).Colas 1013. Brunet II, col. 1142. [Attributes: First Edition]
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