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Alexander, William, 1767–1816

The costume of the Russian Empire : illustrated by a series of seventy-three engravings : with descriptions in English and French.

Additional Title(s):

Costumes de l'empire de Russie

London : Printed for William Miller ... by William Bulmer ..., 1804.
Physical Description:
[4], iii, [1] iii, [149] p., 73 leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 38 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GT1046 .A44 1804+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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Fourth in a series of costume books published by William Miller. Plates are copied and enlarged from a book by J.C. Georgi published by W. Müller in St. Petersburg in 1776-1780 in 4 v. Text for this English edition is attributed to William A. Alexander. A new edtion of this book appeared in 1804 with Bulmer as printer, uniform with the others in the series printed or reprinted this year. A reprint of the second edition is represented by Abbey T245. Cf. Abbey.
Added title page in French: Costumes de l'empire de Russie ...
Colored stipple engravings by J. Dadley.
Leaf of descriptive letterpress in English accompanies each plate with text translated into French on verso.
Colas, R. Bibliographie générale du costume et de la mode, p. 242
Hiler, H. Bibliography of costume, p. 192
Kunstbibliothek (Berlin, Germany). Katalog der Lipperheideschen Kostümbibliothek (2. Aufl.), p. 313
Abbey, J.R. Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 245
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Lacks the dedication present in the 1803 edition (T 244). Bound in gilt- and blind-stamped green morocco. Gilt edges. Bookplate: Sir Harry Niven Lumsden. Watermarks: Text: 1818. Plates: 1819/1820. Later reprint, as shown by the watermarks, of the 1804 edition of this book, which had first been published in 1803. It is likely that the this late reprint was in fact published by Thomas M'Lean who took over these 'Costumes' in 1818 and reprinted the series adding his own The military costume of Turkey. Cf. Abbey.
Subject Terms:
Clothing and dress -- Russia.
Costume -- Russia -- Pictorial works.
Lumsden, Harry Niven, Sir -- Bookplate.
Miller, W. -- Publisher.
Russia -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.
Russia -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Stipple engraving, Colored -- Specimens -- 1804.
William Bulmer and Co. -- Printer.
Dadley, J., engraver.

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