Paris, France: Ancienne Mon Aubert, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto (4to). Very good condition. Item #008248
Two volumes containing a total of 365 beautifully hand-colored plates depicting the historic dress of villagers from various countries. Minor foxing to numerous plates, occasionally entering into the image but mostly confined to the margins. Plates measure 10+3/8 inches (264mm) in height. Bound in hardcover library cloth with unobtrusive stamps to top and bottom edge of closed pages, with bookplates and stamps confined to the endpapers, with no markings on the plates. Plates are titled at the top in French, assigned a number, and are given a brief description below the image. Many of the plates are credited at the bottom as "Musee Cosmopolite" while others are credited as "Musee de Costumes." Each is identified as having been printed by Aubert. Many of the artists are identified by their signature in the plate. There is no text associated with this publication. Volume I: Allemagne [Germany] 20 plates; Espagne [Spain] et Portugal 31 plates; Italie [Italy] 42 plates; France 86 plates. Volume II: Belgique et Hollande [Belgium & Holland] 4 plates; Suisse et Tyrol [Swiss/Switzerland] 25 plates; Russie [Russia] 37 plates; Turquie, Egypte, Grece [Turkey, Egypt and Greece] 60 plates; Algerie [Algeria/Africa] 33 plates; Amerique [America] 27 plates. The American plates depict natives of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. First edition.