c.1888 – Le Costume Historique – America


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Auguste Racinet. Le Costume Historique; Types Principaux du Vètement et de la ParureParis: Librairie de Firmin-Didot, 1888.


Good condition, some wear to the edges. This piece is well over 100 years old.

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Width: 28cm
Height: 40.5cm


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Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume Historique is the most comprehensive and detailed study of fashion ever published. Covering the history of dress and hair-styles from antiquity to the 1880s, this great work, containing nearly 500 folio plates, remains completely unparalleled in its scope and scholarly treatment. The set begins with the costumes, coiffures and jewellery of the ancient Egyptians and concludes with 19th-century French couture. While Racinet’s main focus is on European clothing and accoutrements, including armour, furniture and material culture, he does provide sections on Asia, America, and Africa— from the wraps of ancient Etruscans to traditional Eskimo attire. Organised in five parts: “The Ancient World (Egypt, Assyria, Israel, Persia and Phrygia, Greece, Etruscan, Greco-Roman, Rome, Barbarian Europe, Celts and Gauls),” “The 19th Century— Beyond the Borders of Europe (Oceania, Africa, Eskimos, North American Indians, Mexican Indians, South American Indians, China, Japan, India, Ceylon, Middle East, Orient, Turkey),” “Europe 400-1800 (Byzantium, France-Byzantine, Poland, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, England, Holland),” “Traditional Costume till the Late 19th Century (Scandinavia, Holland, Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France),” and “Patterns and Templates.” A quarto edition was published simultaneously, with plates printed from the same stones, but on smaller stock. An invaluable sourcebook for the development of fashion and style