WITH 64 HAND-COLORED PLATES OF RUSSIAN COSTUME
(COSTUME) [ALEXANDER, William]. Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Russians. London: W. Lewis for James Goodwin, circa 1823. Octavo, period style full diced calf, gilt-decorated spine and boards, black morocco spine label, raised bands, marbled enpapers and edges. $2200.
Later edition of this survey of Russian garb both simple and elaborate, with 64 hand-colored engraved plates.
Uncredited in this edition, Alexander “was a first-rate draughtsman and excellent engraver” who also served as the British Museum’s first keeper of prints and drawings; he produced similar volumes on the dress of the Austrians, the Chinese and his own English (DNB). First published 1814. “Plates almost identical with those in Costume of the Russian Empire (London, William Miller 1803) and the same title (London, E. Harding 1803). The source of all is Georgi’s Beschreibung aller nationen des russischen reichs)” (Hiler & Hiler, 16).
Interior generally clean, with color plates vivid. Beautifully bound.