This was the fourth title in a series of costume books first issued by William Miller in 1803. In this copy the watermarks on the paper are dated 1818 and therefore this edition was issued by Thomas M’Lean, who re-issued all six titles of “Costumes” in the same year.
Second edition, second issue. 4to. (36 x 27 cm), title-page in French and English, pp. iii, iii, 73 handcoloured aquatint plates each with text page in French and English; some minor offsetting to text. Contemporary red morocco, lavishly gilt decorated spine and boards, gilt lettered, ex-libris with coat of arms and the name “John Wild” to upper pastedown; corners bumped, slightly rubbed.
Provenance: Boris Berezovskiy (1946-2013, Russian businessman and politician).
Abbey Travel 245, Colas 702, Lipperheide 1341.
Stock ID: 92050