COSTUME]. Katalog der Freiherrlich von Lipperheideschen Kostumbibliothek

LIPPERHEIDE, Franz Joseph, Frieherr von

Published by Verlag von Franz Lipperheide, 1896 - 1901 und 1901 - 1905 1896 - 1901 and 1901 - 1905, Berlin, 1896
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Thick 4to., 2 vols. (COMPLETE). xxi, [3], xvi, 645 pp., with 310 illustrations; xii, 840 pp., with 293 illustrations. Altogether 4818 tems described. WITH: Lipperheide's 12-page "Desiderata" printed on blue paper (inexplicably bound in Vol. 1 between pp. 48-49). Bound for Martin Breslauer in somewhat later maroon half morocco over purple cloth, spines faded to chestnut brown, one cover with unusual vertical stripes (sunned). Paper very slightly toned as is true of all copies of the first edition. Overall in excellent antiquarian condition. Very nice copy of the First Edition, now scarce: ours is the only complete copy on the market. This is the indispensible catalogue of the greatest Costume book collection ever formed, in which are meticulously described, with full collations and plate counts, more than 5000 titles, and which is illustrated by no less than 603 illustrations in the text. Our copy contains a signed letter from the collector to Martin Brelauser (see below). Franz Joseph and Frieda von Lipperheide were at that time the foremost publishers of fashion journals in the world (e.g. "Die Modenwelt," "Die Dame," "Illustrierte Frauen-Zeitung"). At one point their fashion magazine empire required a staff of more than 400 workers. Franz Joseph von Lipperheide (1838-1906) begin forming his costume collection in about 1870, systematically acquiring primary sources and secondary literature about fashion and traditional costume; civil, professional and religious costumes; weapons and uniforms; masks, dance and theatrical costumes, and much more. He also collected books related to weaving and knitting, tailoring, embroidery and other crafts, fashion magazines and illustrated newspapers, almanacs, etc. In 1899 Lipperheide gave his very important library to the Prussian State Library where it resided in a large and beautifully appointed room, the stately bookcases surrounded by choice paintings and miniatures. Among Lipperheide's collection of ca. 5,560 costume books, 45 MSS, and 840 fashion Almanacs are numerous treasures and great rarities. To these we must also add approximately 2,750 drawings, 23,700 individual woodcuts, etchings, and lithographs, plus ca. 2,500 photographs. Lipperheide's 686 paintings and 200 portrait miniatures are now in the Gemäldegalerie Berlin. -- Our copy contains a signed note (text secretarial), dated 29 July 1895, to Martin Breslauer while he was in Paris. Breslauer was to become one of the greatest European booksellers, although tragically he was ruined by the Nazis and was forced to flee with his family to London, in 1937. He died of shock on 16 October 1941, the result of one of many German bombing compaigns on London. REFERENCES: Besterman 1504; Colas 1880; Hiler p. 547. NDB. Bookseller Inventory # 1423

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Title: COSTUME]. Katalog der Freiherrlich von ...

Publisher: Verlag von Franz Lipperheide, 1896 - 1901 und 1901 - 1905 1896 - 1901 and 1901 - 1905, Berlin

Publication Date: 1896

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)


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