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Carleton House
92 Malone Road
Belfast
BT9 5HP
Contact Peter Rowan
Telephone 02890 666448
Specialists Ireland, Irish History & Culture, Manuscripts, Maps, Literature, Economics, Sciences, History of Ideas, Travel, Rare Books in all fields (15th to 20th Centuries)
P & B Rowan
Stand F02

FINE HAND-COLOURED PLATES COSTUME OF CENTRAL & SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE

BERTRAND DE MOLEVILLE, Antoine François

The Costume of the Hereditary States of the House of Austria displayed in Fifty Coloured Engravings; with Descriptions, and an Introduction by M. Bertrand De Moleville. Translated by R. C. Dallas, Esq. [and] Costumes ses Etats Héréditaires de la Maison d'Autriche, consistant en Cinquante Gravures Coloriées ..., London: Printed for William Miller by William Bulmer & Co. c.1804 - 1829

later issue (circa 1829-30) folio (36.3 x 27 cms.) [4 (title pages in English & in French)], iv, (v)-xvi (introduction in English), (xvii)-xxviii (introduction in French), [2 (list of plates)]pp. plus 50 aquatint plates very attractively hand-coloured, each plate with an explanatory leaf of letter-press descriptive text in English on rectos and in French on versos, full contemporary rich plum morocco, sides with triple border comprised of a broad and narrow gilt fillets and an inner broad decorative blind roll, spine panelled by broad (2.5 cm.) raised bands which are very richly gilt tooled, two panels direct gilt lettered, inner dentelles decoratively gilt rolled, all edges gilt, a few trivial scattered fox spots, else a very nice fresh copy in a handsome binding.

Note
Abbey Travel, 71 Colas Bibliographie générale du Costume et de la Mode 2112 Martin Hardie English Coloured Books, p. 151.
Plates were engraved by William Ellis or William Poole. Most leaves are without watermarks but a few are watermarked "J. Whatman/ Turkey Mill/ 1829" or "1830". Although the book was published in 1804 it was later reissued and such reissues can be detected from the watermarks in the paper used.
The plates provide a wonderful survey of the rich and highly varied dress (both peasant and upper class) of the Austrian empire then extending over most of central and south-eastern Europe including Austria, the Tyrol, Hungary, Bohemia, Carniola (in modern Slovenia), Moldova, Poland, Polish Jews, Bohemia, Transylvania, Romania, the Balkans, Dalmatia, etc.
Count Bertrand de Moleville (1744-1818), French nobleman and cabinet minister, was an avid royalist who in vain urged Louis XVI to flee the country after the dissolution of the Assembly. During the Terror he himself fled to England where he devoted himself to his writings until he returned to France at the Restoration.
"The most important series of books on Costume was that issued by W. Miller from 1800 to 1808, the volumes being sold at a price of six to eight guineas" [Hardie]
£1,200