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Item Description: B. Crosby and Co, London, 1811. In 12°; pregevole piena pelle coeva con filetti e fregi, titolo su tassello al dorso, fregi a incorniciare i piatti (leggerissimo difetto alla cerniera ant.), tagli marmorizzati; la numerazione delle prime pagine è in numeri romani e arabi, ma con evidenti sovrapposizioni ed errori: pp. I-VII-(1)/11-17-(1)/XIX-XXIII-(1)/9-241-(1), seguono 6 pagine di pubblicità dell'editore. 4 tavole f.t. in doppio stato, ovvero ogni tavola è in bianco e nero e a colori, separate da veline, per un totale di 8 tavole. Il nome dell'autrice è suggerito solo dalla scheda della National Art Library (V&A Museum). Ottimo esemplare di uno dei primi testi illustrati a colori di moda femminile nel mondo anglosassone. Copia unica e prestigiosa, non riscontrata in alcuna biblioteca, della prima edizione. Bookseller Inventory # b759d568ecbec13cbe369867a779a922

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The Mirror of the Graces; or, The: Costume)
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Item Description: Printed by B. Crosby and Co. Stationers' Court, Ludgate Street; and sold by All Booksellers, London, 1811. First edition. First edition. 4 hand-colored stipple-engraved plates by James Hopwood after H. Corbould, J. Swan and Son, Printers, 76 Fleet Street. 241 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Scarce Regency-era woman's manual addressing proper female dress, deportment, and cosmetics. " . Let me hasten to recommend to you, a publication at this time in much request, and which possesses much unique merit. It is entitled The Mirror of the Graces; or, The English Ladies'[sic] Costume. You will really be pleased with the book . This book teaches the art of combining a delicate taste with a correct judgment, without either aiding our vanities, or infringing on our duties . Read this work, with attention, it is really excellent of its order." --ACKERMANN'S REPOSITORY, Volume 5, #29, May 1811. Hiler p. 618; Colas 2065 (French ed.); Lipperheide 3252 (French ed.) Bound in full red polished calf by Bayntun, Bath, uncut. Bookplate and small blind stamp on title page. Near fine 4 hand-colored stipple-engraved plates by James Hopwood after H. Corbould, J. Swan and Son, Printers, 76 Fleet Street. 241 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 236435

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