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Belle Jardiniere - Paris - Fourrures. Paris: 1930. A stylish catalog of fur coats and fur accessories for women, gentlemen and children in the best late '20s/early 30s Paris taste. The very Art Deco illustrations perfectly capture the flavor of the age. Softcover. 9.5"x8.5", title pages + 12 pages. Light wear.

Inventory #: 33461
Price: $ 85.00       

Costume in Scotland in the 18th Century. Scottish National Portrait Gallery/National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland: 1952. A handlist to the exhibition of 113 articles of clothing or prints and paintings picturing styles of dress. The entries feature short descriptions. A minor but nonetheless extremely uncommon catalog. Softcover. 5.5"x8", 23 pages plus 4 black & white plates. Minor soil.

Inventory #: 35482
Price: $ 25.00       

Human Hair- ALS Order. Charleston, SC: 1873. An interesting Victorian letter ordering human hair from a hair dealer- "A. Lamsberg" of Charleston, South Carolina writes on February 5, 1873, to C.E. Hartung & Co., on Broadway in New York, ordering various lengths and colors of human hair. 1 sheet, 7.25"x9.75", folded several times. Light soil. With the envelope.

Inventory #: 33285
Price: $ 40.00       

Opening Day, Spring 1909 - The Leslie Dry Goods Co. Boston: 1909. A colorful program for the Opening Day at this Boston clothing retailer, featuring several beautiful ladies dressed in their full Edwardian finery. Music was provided by the Bostonia Ladies Orchestra under the leadership of Belle Yeaton Renfrew. Folder. 3.5"x6" (folded), color illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 33718
Price: $ 36.00       

The Wigmaker in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg: 1971. "An account of his barbering, hair-dressing, & peruke-making services, & some remarks on wigs in various styles". Illustrated with some nice period copper engravings. From the Williamsburg Craft series. Softcover. 6"x9", 36 pages, b/w illustrations light soil.

Inventory #: 5734
Price: $ 15.00       

[Algeria- Paris Exposition] Notice sur les Beaux-Arts et Les Parfums. [Paris] Gojosso et cie: 1878. An interesting booklet discussing the fine arts and perfumes at the Paris Exposition of 1878 as they related to Algeria. The essays are signed by "O. MacCarthy", and although the booklet has the imprint "Alger" on the cover and title page, it was actually printed at the "pres l'Exposition" on the Boulevard de la Republique for Gojosso et cie. Gojosso et cie appear to have been the publishers of a variety of promotional material in France for the Algerian authorities in the 1870s and 1880s, and the rear cover of this booklet is an announcement by the "Gouvernement General Civil de l'Algerie" promoting colonization and agriculture and inviting interested parties to write for more information. It was during this period that the French government, having invaded Algeria in 1830 and only just taken full control of the country, was making a strong effort to send French settlers to Algeria. Scarce- OCLC locates only 2 copies. Softcover. 6"x8.25", 15 pages publisher's pink paper covers covers a bit soiled, corner creased, etc., but overall a nice copy of a fragile booklet.

Inventory #: 30605
Price: $ 150.00       

Benes, Peter (ed.). Textiles in Early New England: Design, Production, and Consumption. Boston University: 1999. The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Proceedings for 1997. Includes essays on coverlets, lace production, the growth of the NE textile industry between 1700 and 1830, hand tools, youths' clothing in the early 19th century, men's ready-to-wear clothes in the early 19th century, and more! Softcover, 6"x9", 240 pages, b/wq illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90252
Price: $ 35.00       

Braun & Schneider. Historic Costume in Pictures. New York Dover Publications: 1975. Over 1,450 costumes are illustrated on 125 plates, ranging from ancient times to the end of the 19th century. These illustrations were originally published by Braun & Schneider of Munich between 1861 and 1890. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 3 pages of text plus 125 black & white plates. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35167
Price: $ 15.00       

Carbonel, Daniele & Pedro Soler, & Peter Muller, photographer. Oro Plata: Embroidered Costumes of the Bullfight. Paris Assouline: 1997. "Enchanted with the "suit of lights," the heavily embroidered and beaded suit of the bullfight-gold for matadors, silver for the cuadrillas who also play their parts-photographer Peter MYller created this singular portrait of bullfighters and their "second skins." Because he worked with Don Ferm'n, the designer who clothes many of the greatest Spanish, French, and South American toreros, MYller was able to bring these men and their teams together in his studio. The resulting photographs-including gatefolded panoramas over 28 inches long of entire seven-man teams-reveal both the stunning workmanship of these unique costumes and also the pride and confidence of the bullfighters". Hardcover. 10"x15", 162 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 95135
Price: $ 125.00       

Cox, Caroline. Seduction. A Celebration of Sensual Style. New York Collins Design: 2006. "From Marie Antoinette and Madame de Pompadour in pre-revolutionary France, through the queens of 1930s Hollywood like Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich, to modern sex sirens like Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, this large visual history explores the sensual style of the seductress, illustrated with full-page photos, film stills, and reproductions of period art. An international authority on the history of fashion, Caroline Cox explores the art of seduction, examining the many ways in which women have used their environment, apparel, and attitude to create their allure. "Beginning in the 18th century, Cox reveals how women have seduced men using everything from aphrodisiacs to lushly decorated boudoirs to the all-important deployment of stockings.... Her scholarly approach makes the work much more than a coffee table photo book, detailing not only what happened during a particular era, but extrapolating the consequences. Cox ably demonstrates, for instance, how something as simple as white satin 'transformed the look of fashion,' leading to a disregard for 'naturalness' in favor of 'artificially constructed glamour'."-Publishers Weekly". Hardcover. 9"x12", 176 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90406
Price: $ 25.00       

Cust, Lionel. Catalogue of the Collection of Fans and Fan-Leaves presented to the trustees of the British Museum by the Lady Charlotte Schrieber. London Longmans & Co.: 1893. The noted collector, Lady Charlotte Schrieber, had presented her collection of antique fans to the British Museum in 1891, and had catalogued the collection in two massive, illustrated folio volumes which, even at the time, were quite expensive (and are today quite scarce and several magnitude above "quite expensive" in price). This volume is an un-illustrated summary of that information, with more concise entries. Uncommon. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", viii + 138 pages. Publisher's black, ruled cloth with gilt spine title. Ex-library with small spine number, 19th century bookplate on the front pastedown, small stamp on the title page. Covers lightly rubbed, else a clean, tight copy.

Inventory #: 31028
Price: $ 250.00       

Dolan, Maryanne. Vintage Clothing, 1880-1960. Identification & Value Guide. Books Americana: 1987. A useful guide, with a maix of vintage photos and advertising illustrations, and some newly-taken photos of models in vintage fashion. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 219 pages, many black & white and several color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35170
Price: $ 20.00       

Douglass, Arthur. Ostrich Farming in South Africa. London, Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co.: 1881. "An account of its origin and rise, how to set about it, the profits to be derived, how to manage the birds, the capital required, the diseases and difficulties to be met with, etc." The author was an ostrich farmer, and recounts many interesting first-hand anecdotes. Hardcover. 5"x7.25", viii + 251 pages, plus a folding colored map, 1 folding plate, and 3 double-page and 6 single-page b/w plates. Rebound in full modern green leather with raised bands and gilt spine lettering. Covers fine, contents with some minor spots, a few minor marginal stains.

Inventory #: 32044
Price: $ 250.00       

Druitt, Herbert. A Manual of Costume as Illustrated by Monumental Brasses. London Alexander Moring Ltd.: 1906. One of the most popular hobbies surrounding monumental brasses of the Medieval Period through the 16th and 17th centuries is to use them as clothes horses of a type- to examine them to see how people were dressed during various periods. I shall not delve into the hazards of attributing specific styles in this manner others better versed than I have done so much more convincingly. However, it does seem to be generally agreed that there is something to be learned from such study, and the resources the brasses afford are certainly generous. This early study groups the brasses, as they usually are grouped, by type of dress and gender. Hardcover. 6"x9", xxii + 384 pages, many b/w plates light wear, a nice copy.

Inventory #: 9570
Price: $ 60.00       

Dyer, Rod & Ron Spark. Fit to Be Tied. Vintage Ties of the Forties and Fifties. New York Abbeville Press: 1987. The 1940s and 1950s were a magical, whimsical, colorful, joyful, frivolous, grand time for men's ties in the United States. Then everyone lost their sense of humor. Hardcover. 9"x9.5", 96 pages, color illustrations, pictorial covers. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35647
Price: $ 25.00       

Geoffroy-Schneiter, Berenice. Indian Beauty, Bollywood Style. New York Assouline: 2004. "The movies made in the studios of Mumbai-old Bombay-are known around the world for their lavish style, syrupy music, and sultry dance numbers with gilded and jewel-encrusted costumes and sets. Inspired by the big-budget epics and extravaganzas of Hollywood's golden era, and colored with the vibrant Indian culture of religion and folklore, the distinct style has earned the moniker "Bollywood," and its unique mlange of kitsch and veiled eroticism has begun to influence art and fashion throughout the West as well. This book looks at the visual and narrative origins of Bollywood style as well as some of its biggest stars, who enjoy a mystique similar to that of the Hollywood stars of the 1930s and 40s.". Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 79 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90398
Price: $ 15.00       

Haertig, Evelyn. Antique Combs & Purses. Carmel Gallery Graphics Press: 1983. A beautifully illustrated, information-packed study of antique from ancient times to the 20th century, but with a vast majority of the focus on Victorian, Art Nouveau, and 20th century specimens. The first book on the subject, it was the result of seven years research, and provides the dealer, collector, and designer with complete information on the history, styles, repair, and display of antique combs and purses, as well as covering rarities, materials and artisans. The author was a veteran collector of vintage beaded purses and wrote several books on the subject. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 304 pages, filled with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90310
Price: $ 45.00       

Haertig, Evelyn. Antique Combs & Purses. Carmel Gallery Graphics Press: 1983. A beautifully illustrated, information-packed study of antique from ancient times to the 20th century, but with a vast majority of the focus on Victorian, Art Nouveau, and 20th century specimens. The first book on the subject, it was the result of seven years research, and provides the dealer, collector, and designer with complete information on the history, styles, repair, and display of antique combs and purses, as well as covering rarities, materials and artisans. The author was a veteran collector of vintage beaded purses and wrote several books on the subject. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 304 pages, filled with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35688
Price: $ 40.00       

Haertig, Evelyn. Restoring and Collecting Antique Beaded Purses. Carmel Gallery Graphics Press: 2000. A beautifully illustrated, information-packed study of antique beaded purses, how to care for them, and some basic restoration and repair techniques. Packed with color illustrations of vintage specimens, this is a book any beaded purse collector will love. The author was a veteran collector of vintage beaded purses and wrote seveal books on the subject. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 210 pages, filled with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90311
Price: $ 60.00       

Hughes, Bernard & Therle. Georgian Shoe Buckles. Illustrated by the Lady Maufe Collection of Shoe Buckles at Kenwood. Greater London Council: 1972. Fancy silver shoe buckles were a big thing in Georgian fashionable circles... but try and find a reference on them today. Wait- here's one. There are 47 examples illustrated, most of them silver, with a few cut-steel, a brass, and a Sheffield plate example. An uncommon catalog. Softcover. 8.25"x8", 15 pages, 8 b/w illustrations. A clean catalog with some light cover wear, and a light crease along the fore-edge.

Inventory #: 35622
Price: $ 125.00       

Jacobsen, Robert D. Imperial Silks. Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Minneapolis institute of Arts: 2000. "This gorgeously produced two-volume catalog presents the Ch'ing (Qing) dynasty imperial textiles and costumes from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, considered one of the finest and most comprehensive holdings outside of China. The collection has a rich history- approximately half of it belonged to the San Francisco attorney William E. Colby, who amassed it throughout the opportunistic decades of the 1920s and 1930s. Only a few works from the 592-piece collection have been exhibited over the past six decades the 1991 exhibit "Imperial Silks of the Ch'ing Dynasty" displayed more of the collection than ever before, and is the foundation of this comprehensive catalogue. 'Imperial Silks' opens with an overview of the archaeological record of silk in China and then divides the museum's collection of Ch'ing dynasty textiles into nine chapters covering 26 basic categories of garments, decorative furnishings, and accessories. Nearly every piece is photographed -many are in color- and about 200 of the primary objects are accompanied by a technical analysis that includes the structure of the fabric, thread counts, and dyes used. A stupendous set, and about as heavy as a small Volkswagen. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 10"x13.5", 1,182 pages, filled with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Slipcased. New condition.

Inventory #: 95111
Price: $ 125.00       

(King-Hall, Magdalene). The Diary of a Young Lady of Fashion in the Year 1764-1765. New York Meredith Press: 1967. When this book first published in 1926, it was an immediate sensation - several critics rushed to their typewriters and declared that the newly discovered diaries of the captivating Cleone Knox rivaled Pepys. Unfortunately it was a fraud, albeit a fairly innocent one, and it turned out that Cleone Knox was merely a figment in the imagination of an equally remarkable writer -Magdalen King-Hall, who had never dreamed that her publisher would take the whole thing seriously. She was but 19 when she wrote it, "as an escape from the boredom of living at a select seaside resort, the inhabitants of which consist mainly of formidable old ladies being dragged along the 'front' in bath chairs by ancient men...". In a way it's too bad it wasn't true, it starts out so promisingly- "March 3rd. This morning had a vastly unpleasant interview with my Father. Last night Mr. Ancaster, who is the indiscreetest young man alive, was seized suddenly while riding home along the shore with the desire to say good night to me. He climbed the wall... and had the boldness to attempt to climb the ivy below my window while but halfway up the Poor Impudent young man fell. As ill luck would have it Papa and Ned, who were conversing in the library, looked out at that moment and saw him lying Prostrate on the ground! My father it seems thinks me guilty of Indiscretion and Immodesty, though why I don't know, for I was sound asleep the whole time..." 5.5"x8", 142 pages, a fine copy in a rubbed and worn dj.

Inventory #: 30129
Price: $ 35.00       

Kingsbury, Benjamin. A Treatise on Razors in which the Weight, Shape and Temper of a Razor, the means of keeping it in order, and the manner of using it, are particularly considered and in which it is intended to convey a knowledge of all that is necessary on this subject. London W. Blackader: 1802. 3rd edition. Kingsbury was in the trade himself, and apparently at least a little controversy ensued after he first published this pamphlet in late 1797- "I could wish to reflect on the number of contradictory opinions... I wish them to consider the many unpleasant feelings they have experienced, the many bitter complaints they have uttered, in consequence of bad razors". The pamphlet was republished several times, but all editions are scarce. Softcover. 5.5"x9", 44 pages, with an advertisement for Kingsbury's retail and wholesale razor and shaving shop on St. James Street on the rear cover a little soil and chipping at the extremities, a few page corners folded the spine has split and is coming away for about 3.5" inches from the bottom. Overall a nice copy in the original, unsophisticated state.

Inventory #: 31283
Price: $ 500.00       

Lefevre, Edmond. Le Commerce et l'Industrie de la Plume pour Parure. Paris chez l'Auteur: 1914. My how those Art Nouveau-era ladies loved their feather-plumed hats! And it did not start with Fin-de-Siecle Paris, either. Men and women have always loved colorful bird plumage, as this comprehensive study illustrates. It includes both a history of the decorative use of feathers in fashion, and a survey of the state of the industry around the world as it existed just before World War One, with information on leading firms, the birds that were used, and their products. Lefevre was the President of the Comite d'Ornithologie Economique. Softcover. 7.5"x11", 363 + pages, b/w illustrations bibliography. Original softcovers, light soil and wear a very, very fragile book, printed on heavy, coated stock and not meant to have been kept in softcovers this long. Binding splitting in a few places but intact so far.

Inventory #: 8598
Price: $ 375.00       

Mann, Kathleen. Peasant Costume in Europe. London A. & C. Black: 1931. The first edition of a very popular illustrated survey, with chapters for France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Central Europe, Sweden and Russia, and many line illustrations of costume details as well as 7 highly-stylized Deco-type colored plates of classic "ethnic" costume which are quite striking. Hardcover. 8"x11", 109 pages, 7 color plates and hundreds of line illustrations. Publisher's red cloth with gilt spine title. Covers with some wear and soil, spine slightly split at the base. Hinges a bit shaken.

Inventory #: 31293
Price: $ 35.00       

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