Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Turks [Costume of Turkey]
by DALVIMART Octavien ALEXANDER William
1814. First Edition . (TURKEY) [DALVIMART, Octavien]. Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Turks. London: John Murray, 1814. Royal octavo, contemporary full dark red straight-grain morocco, gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, all edges gilt. $1500.First octavo edition of this collection of 60 lovely hand-colored aquatint images of Turkish occupations and costumes at the end of the 18th century, in contemporary morocco-gilt.The Costume of Turkey (1804) was one of a series of six folio costume books featuring foreign dress published by William Miller in the early 19th-century, with hand-colored stipple-engraved plates after drawings made in 1798 by Octavien d'Alvimart. In 1814, publisher John Murray bought out Miller's plate-book business, and issued a series of seven costume books in royal octavo, including the present volume on Turkey, which has reproduced the 60 plates in slightly smaller size using aquatint (rather than stipple-engraving) and hand-coloring. Each plate is accompanied by an explanation of the figure's role in society or in the Turkish court, with notes on details of dress, and was written by Miller or possibly by William Alexander, as in the folio first edition. Tooley 378. Colas 783. Kipperheide 1423. See Abbey Travel 370. Occasional spot of foxing, binding lightly rubbed at extremities. An extremely good copy. (Inventory #: 106459)
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