Item #30497 The Costume of Great Britain. W. H. Pyne.
The Costume of Great Britain

With 60 Hand-Colored Plates

The Costume of Great Britain.

London: Printed for William Miller by Howlett and Brimmer, 1804 [but c. 1825].

Pyne, William. First edition. Designed, engraved and written by W.H. Pyne. 60 hand-colored engraved aquatint plates. 1 vols. Folio. With 60 Hand-Colored Plates. Full contemporary straight-grained burgundy morocco, wide gilt greek key borders, gilt spine, a.e.g. Beautiful copy Abbey Life 430; Tooley 388; Colas 2447. Item #30497

Noted in three states by Tooley: "with uncoloured background, with partially backgrounds and fully coloured backgrounds, the last state being the most desirable." Abbey notes three variant dates 1804, 1808, and 1804 with watermarks 1819. This copy, with the variant printer (corresponding to the Colas entry) "Howlett and Brimmer," has fully colored backgrounds, but watermarks dated "1825" - a later issue to be sure, unnoticed by the bibliographers, but beautifully and fully colored, in an exquisite binding of the period.

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