Lot 185: Meyrick & Smith Early British Costume 1815
17th November 2016
Author: Meyrick, Samuel Rush & Charles Hamilton Smith.; Title: The Costume of the Original Inhabitants of the British Islands, from the Earliest Periods to the Sixth Century. To Which is Added, That of the Gothic Nations on the Western Coasts of the Baltic, the Ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Danes.; Place Published: London; Publisher: R. Havell; Date Published: 1815; Description: [vi], 59 pp. Additional pictorial title page and 24 fine hand-colored aquatint costume plates. (Folio) 40.5x31.5 cm (16x12½") 19th century full straight-grain red morocco, decorative borders and paneling in gilt and blind, spine gilt, all edges gilt. First Edition. Meyrick and Smith authored a number of influential works on English costume, the present volume inspired by William Stukeley's work on Stonehenge and includes an illustration of the "Grand Conventional Festival of the Britains" at Stonehenge. The illustrations with perhaps more than a bit of a romantic style. Tooley 326, Prideaux 344. Condition: Binding rubbed, detached from text block, light foxing within; internally very good.
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