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“THE MOST HANDSOME BOOK PRODUCED IN THE WHOLE OF THE 19TH CENTURY”

SHAW, Henry. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages. London, 1843. Two volumes.

First edition of this beautifully illustrated study of costumes and decorations by Shaw, one of the greatest illuminators of the 19th century, with 94 plates of finely tailored and crafted French and English Medieval dress and accoutrements, many exquisitely hand-colored. A lovely copy in contemporary morocco-gilt. $3200.

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MOEURS ET COSTUMES, CIRCA 1828, WITH 31 VIVID HAND-COLORED PLATES

(COSTUME). Moeurs et Costumes de differens Peuples de la Terre. Paris, circa 1828.

First edition, published in Paris circa 1828, celebrating the costumes, cultures and people of the world, featuring hand-colored title page and 31 brightly hand-colored plates. $2500.

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“BE SURE YOUR NEXT SUIT IS MADE OF BRUNER WOOLENS”

BRUNER WOOLEN COMPANY. Sample case of woolen swatches. New York, 1920.

Original salesman’s sample case, with 269 mounted swatches representing bolts of woolen fabric, sold wholesale to tailors all over the country, each swatch printed with the slogan “Our virgin wool guarantee insures superior tailoring and excellent wear.” $1800.

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“THE BEST EQUIPPED MILL IN AMERICA”

E.L. MANSURE COMPANY. Drapery and Upholstery Trimmings [Sample-Book]. Chicago, 1925.

Vintage sample-book of the leading manufacturer of drapery and upholstery trims, with 30 cardstock leaves containing literally hundreds of colorful mounted specimens, “everything conceivable that the trade could wish for.” $750.

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