Petit Courrier des Dames


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COSTUME. Le Petit Courrier des Dames, Journal des Modes. [Paris: 1827-29]. Octavo, early 20th-century full red calf, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.

Selection of 50 elegant hand-colored fashion plates extracted from the 19th-century French weekly Le Petit Courrier des Dames, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf .

Eschewing the classical influence of the previous generation, dress designers in the decade of the 1820s fostered skirts with a wedge shaped outline, elaborate bouffons, and hats with grandiose trimmings. “The waist moved steadily down toward its natural level and sleeves became significantly larger. The styles created during this decade clearly influenced future developments throughout the Victorian era and into the early 20th century” (Greg & Connie Peters). With the headline “Modes de Paris,” each engraving in this superb selection shows either a fashionable dress and head piece, or the latest hair styles and a series of bonnets. A brief description of the ensemble appears below the image. Plate numbers run between 338 and 703 (1827 to 1829). Text in French. Binding mislettered “1833-35.” Colas 2216. Hiler, 703. Armorial bookplate.

Plates fine, joints and spine ends with expert restoration.

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