17 June 2008
STRUTT, Joseph G. (1742-1802). Complete View of the Dress and Habits of the People of England. London, 1842.
2 volumes, 4o (308 x 250 mm). 2 hand-colored and illuminated engraved frontispieces and 151 plates. (Some minor spotting.) Later red half morocco, gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliff for Bernard Quaritch; quarter morocco folding boxes by Zaehnsdorf. Provenance: GEORGE EDWARD, DUKE OF KENT (1902-1942) brother of King George VI, (bookplates); Paul Edward Chevalier (bookplates; his sale Christie's New York, 9 November 1990, lot 102).
LIMITED EDITION, one of 25 copies in which the hand-coloring has been specially heightened with gold illumination (Lowndes). A FINE COPY of a superb example of Victorian book illumination. First published 1796-1799. Colas 2824 (recording the first edition); Lowndes III 2538. (2)
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