29 November 2000
ZIENKOWICZ, Léon. Les Costumes de la Peuple Polonais. Paris: la Librairie Polonaise, 1841.
4° (291 x 231mm). 39 hand-coloured plates after J. Lewicki and A. Wittmann, lithographed by Simon fils, Strassburg. 2 lithographic leaves of music. (Some marginal soiling of plates, light browning to about 5 plates, text lightly-spotted.) Contemporary brown roan-backed boards, smooth gilt spine (extremities rubbed, particularly at corners).
Of the 39 plates in this scarce work, 32 show the rural life of 19th-century Poland, one the traditional dress of the Polish nobility, while the final 6 plates depict military uniforms. The captions to the plates are in Polish, French, German and English, and Colas notes that there was also a German edition. Although Colas lists 40 plates, this includes the 2 leaves of music which he describes as plate '33.' Colas 3115; Hiler p. 910; Lipperheide Kb3.
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