Amsterdam: Frans Buffa, 1822. Item #00550
The Costumes of the Netherlands
in Twenty Vividly Hand-Colored Lithographed Plates
[GREEVEN, H., illustrator]. Collection des Costumes des Provinces Septentrionales du Royaume des Pays-Bas, Dessinés d’après Nature par H. Greeven et lithographiés par Vallon de Villeneuve. Amsterdam: Chez François Buffa et fils [and] Paris: Chez Engelmann et Cie., 1828.
First edition. Folio (13 1/2 x 10 1/4; 343 x 260 mm.). Lithographed title in French and Dutch and lithographed list of plates in French and Dutch.  pp. Twenty hand-colored lithographed plates of costumes of the Netherlands by Vallon de Villeneuve after drawings by H. Greeven. Each plate with leaf of descriptive text in French and English. Preface in French and English by François Buffa et fils.
Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards. Front cover with the original dark green roan label decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt (with the original price of “16 Fl.”). Small leather bookplate of Antoine Bordes on front pastedown. Spine extremities invisibly restored. Otherwise a very fine copy.
These colorful plates depict men, women, and children from all classes and walks of life in native costumes. The informative text for each plate gives details about the country, cities, and villages, and culture of the people, as well as their habits and modes of dress.
Colas 1311. Hiler, p. 395. Lipperheide 960.