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    A Lovely Example of a Rare Norwegian Costume Book

    Nils Christian Tonsberg. Norske Nationaldragter tegnede af forskjellige norske kunstnere og ledsagede med oplÿsende Text. [Norwegian National Costumes illustrated by the best Norwegian artists with explanatory text]. Christiania: Udgiverens forlag, 1852. Folio. 6, 54, 6 pages. Approximately 14 x 10 inches. Title page decorated in colors plus thirty-two full-page chromolithographic plates. The fifty-four pages of text consist of Norwegian, German and English text in parallel columns. There are six pages of music at the end starting with works of the celebrated Norwegian violinist Ole Bull and continuing with Norwegian folk songs. Bound in contemporary half brown morocco, gilt, over black cloth boards, spine decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine worn with mild chipping and a few small tears, some sunning, some wear to corners of boards, minor occasional thumbsoiling or foxing throughout, text toned but plates still bright. Neat contemporary gift inscription on front blank. Still, a near fine copy.

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    There was one prior Norwegian costume book by Joachim Frich, issued in 1847. It contained only ten costume plates. Plates 1-4 and 6 in the present volume were taken from Frich's book which was printed in Berlin. The remaining plates were drawn for this publication by Eckersberg. They include plates of Lapps and of Finns. The decorative title page includes five symbols and devices of the Norwegian monarchy. Colas 2893.

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