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Costume of the Russian Empire Illustrated By: HARDING, Edward.

HARDING, Edward.

Published by London Printedby Bulmer Bensley Rickaby for E. Harding Pall Mall et al. (1803)

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About this Item: London Printedby Bulmer Bensley Rickaby for E. Harding Pall Mall et al., 1803. Folio (35 x 26 cm.) Both English and French printed titles, English dedication, 2 Introduction leaves (English & French), bilingual contents leaf and 70 leaves of descriptive text in English (recto) and French (verso). Plates 5* and 14 without text, 20* with text, as usual. Contemporary straight-grained red morocco, borders with blind and gilt roll tooling, spines gilt decorated with raised bands and lettered direct in gilt, all edges gilt, green silk endpapers with matching gilt borders. Binding slightly rubbed, occasional trivial spot, generally very good. Additional engraved hand-coloured title page and 72 hand-coloured plates (listed 1-70 with two bis plates, 5 & 20, complete as called for) watermarked 1801/1802. The majority of the plates are after J. G Georgi's 4 volume Description de toutes les nations de l'Empire de Russie published in German and French in St Petersburg by Carl Muller in 1776-1780. Georgi's plates were also the basis of William Miller's edition published the same year with 73 plates. This Harding edition significantly rarer than the Miller and although very similar in content includes a number of different plates, differences of composition and differs in text. (Colas 703, Lipperheide 1342). Seller Inventory # 54414

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Costume of the Russian Empire. Costume de: HARDING, E[dward], publisher.

HARDING, E[dward], publisher.

Published by T. Bensley for Stockdale London (1810)

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About this Item: T. Bensley for Stockdale London, 1810. Large 4to. (36.5 x 27.5 cm). Hand-coloured aquatint English half-title, [6] ll. including French and English title pages, dedications, prefaces and tables of contents, and 72 hand-coloured aquatint plates numbered 1-70 with two bis numbers, each with two pages of accompanying text in both English and French except plate 14 accompanying plate 12, text watermarked 1807 and plates 1808-09; light occasional spotting. Contemporary black morocco, covers with large gilt floral borders, spine blind-stamped in compartments, gilt lettering to two, gilt roulette to boards edges, marbled endpapers; slightly rubbed. Fine copy, attractively bound The costumes are drawn after Georgi and Mueller, while the English text is by William Alexander, after the main Russian texts available at the time: for example, those of Pallas, Chappe d'Auteroche, Krashenenikov, Sauer et al. Publishing the first issue of his work in 1803, Harding was most likely forced to compete with Miller, who published a very similar book at the same time as part of his own series on costume. The present edition has one fewer costume plate, but includes an engraved title, a longer explanatory text and more decorative plates, enriched with background. As the introduction puts it, "to conclude: no pains nor expense have been spared to render this Volume worthy of public attention; and without depreciating the merit of other performances of similar nature, the Publisher flatters himself that it will be found the most complete work of the kind that has hitherto appeared in this or in any country"! Colas 703; Lipperheide 1342. Seller Inventory # 88521

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