WITH 96 STUNNING HAND-COLORED PLATES OF FRENCH COSTUME FROM THE FIFTH CENTURY THROUGH NAPOLEON
PAUQUET, Hippolyte Louis Emile and PAUQUET, Polydore Jean Charles, editors. Modes et Costumes Historiques. Paris: Aux Bureaux des Modes et Costumes Historiques, circa 1864. Quarto, contemporary half black morocco rebacked with original spine laid down, pebbled cloth covers, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $2400.
First edition of this extraordinary collection of 96 exquisite hand-colored plates depicting royal and aristocratic French costume during the reigns of various monarchs and rulers from Clovis I in the 5th century to Napoleon in the 19th century.
The beautiful hand-colored plate book focuses on the changes and innovations in French fashion from the 5th century through the middle of Napoleon's reign. The plates depict both women's and men's costume in rich color, concentrating on the aristocracy. A number of famous personalities are also included, such as Sainte Clotilde, Jean de Montaigu, Anne de Bretagne, Marguerite de France, Henri IV, Mme de Pompadour, Marie-Antoinette, and others. Colas 2293. Lipperheide 1090. Hiler & Hiler, 691. Evidence of bookplate.
Tissue-guarded plates clean and fine, hand-coloring vivid. Text block expertly repaired. A lovely copy.