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Habiti Antichi, Et Moderni di tutto il Mondo. Di Cesare Vecellio. Di nuovo accresciuti di molte figure. - Vestitus Antiquorum, recentiorumque totius Orbis. Per Sulstatium Gratilianum Senapolensis Latinè declarati.

Cesare Vecellio

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Vestitus Antiquorum, recentiorumque totius Orbis


In Venetia,: Appresso i Sessa., (M.D.XCVIII.)

Physical Description

[56], 507 f.: illus.; 169 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Eidem Perillustri Petro Montalbano - Cesare Vecellio A i Lettori - Tavola De' Nomi Proprii Delle Figure ... / Tabula In Qua Figurarum Nomina ... - Tavola De' Vestiti, Et Ornamenti ... / Tabula In Quo Non Modo Vestes ... - [Tex in Italian and Latin, with pl.] - [Colophon].

Responsibility Note

The illustrations are not signed.

The colophon names the publisher specifically: 'Appresso Gio. Bernardo Sessa'.

The work is dedicated by Vecellio to Pietro Montalbano.


R. Colas, Bibliographie Générale Du Costume (1933), no. 2977, col. 1061; Lipperheide, Katalog Der Freiherrlich Von Lipperheide'schen Kostümbibliothek (repr. 1963), no. 22, p.22.

A. Mackrell, An illustrated history of fashion (1997); J. Arnold, Patterns of fashion (1989); J. Olian, 'Sixteenth century costume books', in Dress, 3 (1977).

Summary Note

The publication date of this second edition, 1598, is given in the colophon. This, the first illustrated costume book, had first been published in 1590 at Venice. The first edition had 420 woodcuts by Cristoforo Guerra (C. Chrieger), based on drawings by Vecellio, 361 of them relating to Europe (with much on Venice) and 59 relating to Asia and Africa. The present edition has 506 prints (including twenty relating to America).


The work was reprinted in 1977 as Vercellio's Renaissance costume book.


Inscribed in ink on title-page, 'Given by R. Wilson R.A.' A presentation by R. Wilson before 20 May 1769 is recorded in RAA CM I, 23.

Binding Note

Contemporary pigskin, gilt border on upper and lower covers; rebacked in 20th century, retaining spine-piece; green morocco spine-label lettered 'Vecellio - Habiti Antichi Et Moderni', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1598'.


Costume - Clothing and dress - Europe - Venice - Asia - Africa - America - History
Pictorial works - Italy - 16th century


Sulstatius Gratilianus
Gio. Bernardo Sessa, publisher
Pietro Montalbano, dedicatee
Cristoforo Chrieger, engraver
Richard Wilson RA, previous owner, donor
Cesare Vecellio, draughtsman