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Decline & fall of hoops in the Roman empire : manuscript.

Additional Title(s):

Decline and fall of hoops in the Roman empire

Great Britain, ca. [1860?]
Physical Description:
1 volume (32 leaves) : illustrations ; 22 x 24 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GT2075 .D43 1860+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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View catalog record for another manuscript version, at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Archives & Manuscripts
The work was published (without imprint) as: The decline and fall of [hoops] in the Roman empire : 17th century / T.W., Sept. 1860 (see Harry Ransom Center record). The present manuscript version is one of at least three known. Others are present in the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Osborn d489) and the National Library of Wales.
Bound in contemporary calf.
Manuscript version of an illustrated satire on women's hooped dresses. The narrative, probably by a young Roman Catholic, is written on rectos only. It describes the Pope's investigation of the problem of crinolines, which prevent women from entering the confessional, and ends with an auto-de-fé of hoops in "all the principal Piazzas." Each of the 23 leaves of the narrative features an ink drawing, executed on sheets of white paper (each approximately 12 x 18 cm) pasted to leaves of the album. The work is unsigned.
Subject Terms:
Catholic Church -- Humor.
Catholics -- Great Britain.
Crinolines -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- Humor.
Satire, English.
Women's clothing -- Great Britain.
Ink drawings.

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