Le Costume Historique (6 volumes)

Racinet, Albert Charles Auguste

Published by Firmin-Didot et Cie., 1888
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West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.

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Book. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 6 volumes, with 500 plates, 300 using color chromolithography. This is one of the most elaborate and detailed costume books ever produced, if not the single most ambitious such work. It is still an invaluable reference, but it functions fabulously well simply as visual entertainment, and the plates contained herein have found their ways to many a print shop where they have been framed and later hung on walls as decoration. As not uncommon among costume books, Racinet also serves up a healthy helping of accessories and interiors throughout the ages. Like Racinet's other masterpiece, "L'Ornement Polychrome", the chromolithography of this work is exceptionally brilliant. Morocco spines with five bands, four of which are raised. Brown morocco has scuffs and sunning with some uneven coloration but still attractive, and impressed gilt lettering is clear. Considerable wear along marbled board edges, with paper overlay worn through along these edges, and in a few spots there is minor denting, but overall boards are attractive and not a serious issue. Marbled endpapers. All volumes tight. Other than a few light pencil marks, the pages are crisp and clean. Bookseller Inventory # 001134

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Title: Le Costume Historique (6 volumes)

Publisher: Firmin-Didot et Cie.

Publication Date: 1888

Binding: Quarter Morocco

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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