With Sixty Hand-Colored Aquatints of Costumes of Great Britain

    William Henry Pyne. The Costume of Great Britain. Designed, Engraved and Written by W. H. Pyne. London: Published by William Miller, 1808 [Actually 1804?]. Second (third?) edition, with text watermarked 1819 (as per Abbey). The title-page of this copy is apparently supplied from a second edition (dated 1808, and it is a bit more toned than the other pages and is about a half-inch shorter). Abbey states that the first (1804, with paper watermarked 1803) and the third ([this copy?] originally with title-page dated 1804, and with paper watermarked 1819) editions are more desirable than the second edition of 1808, due to the fact that they have hand-colored backgrounds (as this copy has) which the second edition of 1808 does not. Folio. Approximately 14 x 10 inches With a hand-colored title page vignette and sixty hand-colored aquatint plates with colored backgrounds. With accompanying text pages. Contemporary full dark purple straight-grain morocco, covers elaborately ruled and paneled in gilt and blind, spine ruled, tooled, and lettered in gilt in compartments, six raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt. Some rubbing and mild wear to binding, some foxing to first few and last few leaves, some offsetting to text leaves from plates. Bookplate. Still, a fine copy with clean and bright plates. Abbey, Life, 430. Tooley (1954), 388. Colas, 2447.

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