London: G. Walker, 1828. Item #03372
"An Exceptionally Rare Costume Periodical" (Colas)
WALKER, G[eorge]. The Cyclopaedia of the British Costumes from the Metropolitan Repository of Fashions. London: [G] Walker, May 1828-November 1832.
First edition. Volume 2 only (of 5 volumes). Ten original parts bound in one oblong quarto volume (9 7/16 x 11 3/6 inches; 240 x 283 mm.). Engraved title-page, 40 pp. Thirty-six (of forty) engraved plates of which 28 are hand-colored. Of the 28 hand-colored plates, 14 are double-page spreads. The eight plain plates are for Summer 1829 and Winter 1828-29. The double-page spreads for Summer 1830 and Winter 1830 have been cut close at the lower margin with loss of imprint.
The four plates that have not been bound into this volume are for Summer 1831.
Contemporary quarter brown calf over marbled boards, ruled in blind. Smooth spine ruled and lettered in gilt. The volume has been re-backed (may years ago) with the original smooth spine laid-down. An excellent example of this superbly hand colored nineteenth century fashion magazine.
According to Colas this exceptionally rare costume periodical ran from 1823 to 1847 and contained 146 plates.
"Contains the most Fashionable Make and Cut, also the most prevailing Colors and Patterns from the various Manufactories…" (text).
The superb hand-colored plates depict for every season of the year, Ladies' Riding Habits; Pelisses; Dress Coats; Walking Dress Coats; Frock Coats; Riding Coats; Waistcoats; Trowsers, Pantaloons, and Breeches; Undress Trowsers; Juvenile Dresses; Children's First Dress and Military Coats, etc.
George Walker was best known for his Costume of Yorkshire (1814) which was a representation and negotiation of class difference and social unrest.
Colas, 771; Hiler, p. 209; Not in Abbey, Tooley, Davenport, Holland or Lipperheide.