1825 · London
First edition: This chronologically organized overview of the subject takes as its starting point some of the clothing-related entries from the Rev. Fosbroke's Encyclopedia of Antiquities, with additional remarks supplied. The text is => illustrated with a total of 71 figures, 67 of which are collected on four plates, and four of which are larger "vignettes on the letter-press" (as per the list of embellishments).
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early pencilled ownership inscription of the Rev. A. Sherman, dated April 30 72. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Colas 1095; NSTC 2F11597. Contemporary plain paper–covered boards with moiré cloth shelfback; worn and dust-soiled. Pencilled inscription as above. First two leaves unopened. Mild to significant foxing throughout first portion, with intermittent offsetting from plates. Unprepossessing physically — intriguing as a pedagogical tool and as an example of early 19th–century perspectives on art and culture. (Inventory #: 38828)