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3 May 2007
LORY, Gabriel, the younger and F.W. MORITZ. Costumes suisses...avec un texte explicatif [par Monvert]. Neuchâtel: C.H. Wolfrath, 1824. 4° (323 x 268mm). 56 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates (including additional title), each with a black border and mounted on stiff light green paper (a little light spotting in the text). Contemporary blindstamped russia, gilt title, names of the artists and imprint in 3 compartments of spine (neatly rebacked with original spine preserved). Provenance: Thomas Rawson (bookplate).
ONE OF THE FINEST SWISS COSTUME BOOKS with 55 exquisite plates of which 17 are signed by Lory and 3 by Moritz (who has also engraved one of them). The title was engraved by J. Hürlimann and another plate engraved by C. Rordorf. The book is dedicated to the Crown Prince of Prussia whose country had only recently (1815) ceased to be the nominal overlord of Neuchâtel. Colas 1908; Lipperheide 909 (lacking printed title).
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