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    Complete View of the Dress and Habits
    of the People of England
    with 153 Hand-Colored Engravings

    Joseph Strutt. A Complete View Of The Dress And Habits Of The People Of England, From The Establishment Of The Saxons In Britain To The Present Time...To Which Is Prefixed An Introduction Containing A General Description Of The Ancient Habits In Use Among Mankind, From The Earliest Period Of Time, To The Conclusion Of The Seventh Century. London: J. Nichols, 1796-1799. First Edition. Two large paper quartos. cxxxvi, 124; [6], 125-378, vii, [1] pages. Two frontispieces, eight introduction and 143 full-page hand-colored plates (Complete.) Nineteenth century half calf over marbled boards, gilt rules on covers, boards rubbed, corners bumped and chipped; spines decorated in gilt and blind, joints restored, hinges re-enforced; bookplates of Sir Henry Edwards and Herbert Henry Raphael; dealer's holograph pencil notes on front blank of volume one, small neat holograph page numbers beneath most plates referring back to the text, occasional image ghosting, minor foxing, occasional soiling or stains, very good copies. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Joseph Strutt, 1749-1802, author, artist, antiquary, and engraver... In 1771 he became a student in the reading-room of the British Museum, whence he drew the materials for most of his antiquarian works. His first book, The Regal and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of England, appeared in 1773. For it he drew and engraved from ancient manuscripts representations of kings, costumes, armour, seals, and other objects of interest, this being the first work of the kind published in England. He spent the greater part of his life in similar labours, his art becoming little more than a handmaid to his antiquarian and literary researches. Between 1774 and 1776 he published the three volumes of his Manners, Customs, Arms, Habits, &c., of the People of England, and in 1777-8 the two volumes of his Chronicle of England, both large quarto works, profusely illustrated, and involving a vast amount of research. ..Although the amount of Strutt's work as an engraver is small, apart from that appearing in his books, it is of exceptional merit and is still highly esteemed. In the study of those branches of arch├Žology which he followed he was a pioneer, and all later work on the same lines has been built on the foundations he laid." - DNB.

    ESTC t102863. Lowndes 2538. Hiler 820. Colas 2824. Lipperheide 1001. Graves 928. "Standard Reference Work." Gross 456.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
    5th Wednesday
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