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    Complete, With Thirty-Three Color Plates of Norwegian Costumes

    Nils Christian Tonsberg. Norske Nationaldragter tegnede af forskjellige norske kunstnere og ledsagede med opl├┐sende text. [Norwegian National Costumes illustrated by the best Norwegian artists with explanatory text]. Christiania: Udgiverens forlag, 1852. Folio. 6, 54, 6 pages. Title page decorated in colors plus thirty-three full-page color plates. 13.5 x 10 inches. 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. Contemporary calf backstrip (now renewed with red cloth and paper label) and corners considerably discolored and worn. Boards covered with textured floral and foliated paper. Decorated endpapers with a repeating pattern showing the Norwegian National Arms. Light foxing and finger soiling, heavier on some of the text leaves. Plates mostly clean but several with light dampstains around the margins and some with light foxing. A few of the plates have been reinforced along the edges with tan paper tape. Altogether an attractive and pleasing copy, housed in a cloth slipcase.

    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.

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