London: G. Walker, 1828. Item #03427
"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 32 are hand-colored. Of the 32 hand-colored plates, 14 are double-page spreads. The four plain plates are for Summer 1829. 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.
Later quarter brown morocco over original marbled boards, neatly re-backed and re-cornered. Smooth spine lettered in gilt. Board edges a little worn, some tape staining on inner hinge of rear endpapers. 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.