A Collection Of The Dresses Of Different Nations, Antient and Modern. Particularly Old English Dresses. After The Designs of Holbein, Vandyke, Hollar, and others. With An Account of the Authorities, from which the Figures are taken; and some short Historical Remarks on the Subject. To which are added The Habits of the Principal Characters on the English Stage. Vol. I. (-II.) Recueil Des Habilements De Différentes Nations, Anciens et Modernes, Et en particulier Des Vieux Ajustements Anglois ...
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In Vol. II of this copy, on the back of the French language title-page an engraving has been pasted. Entitled 'Female Domestics of the Island of Tina, one of the Grecian Archipelago', this engraving was published in the 'Universal Magazine of Knowlegde and Pleasure' for June 1780, facing p. 325.
The text and the plate-captions are printed in English and French in parallel.
The plates show the following regions and subjects: Vol. I: Turkey, Tartary, China, Levant, Arabia, Natolia, India, Persia, Egypt and Barbary, Poland, Hungary, Italy; Vol. II: Spain, France, United Provinces, Germany, Sweden and Russia, Scotland, England, Habits of the English Stage.
The work draws on several earlier publications. Among the books cited as sources are those by C. Ferriol, J. Weigel, A. Kircher, J.B. Du Halde, J.F. Le Petit, W. Hollar, E. Burt, J.B. Le Prince, J. Chappe d'Auteroche, J. Speed, F. Buonanni and C. Ripa.
This collection was reissued in 1773 by John Boydell, with cancel-slips pasting his imprint over that of the original title-pages.
Copy 2 [this copy]: First listed in A catalogue of the Library in the Royal Academy, London, 1841, p. 37.
Copy 2 [this copy]: 19th-century half red morocco, red linen cloth-covered boards, gilt-tooled spines lettered 'Collection Of Dresses Vol. I (-II.) R.A. 1757.'