Paris: Chez l'editeur, 1827. Item #04838
French Feminine Costume of the 12th to 18th century
Seventy hand-Colored Plates, Many Heightened with Gold
LANTÉ, [Louis Marie]. Galerie Francaise de Femmes Célèbres par leurs talens, leur rang ou leur beautè. Portraits en pied, dessinés par M. Lanté, la plupart d'après des originaux inédits; gravés par M. Gatine, et coloriès; avec des notices biographiques et des remarques sur les habillemens. Paris: Chez l'Éditeur, 1827.
First edition. Folio (13 1/8 x 9 1/2 inches; 333 x 241 mm.). Letterpress half-title, letterpress title. List of plates at end.Complete with all seventy full page hand-colored plates engraved by Georges-Jacques Gatine, each with a leaf of explanatory text opposite the plate (all but five with the original tissue guards).
Near contemporary half brown morocco over marbled boards, double ruled in gilt. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers. Some rubbing to boards, corners a little bruised. Light scattered foxing (mainly to margins). Overall, a very good copy.
Includes French feminine costume of the 12th to 18th century. The genre painter Louis-Marie Lante (born 1789) did watercolors for several collections of costume published by Journal des Modes after 1817. The engraver Georges-Jacques Gatine (born 1773) is considered one of the 19th century masters of fashion plate etchings.
The text is by Pierre de La Messangere (1761-1831), originally a teacher of Philosophy at the College de La Flèche and subsequently an author, journalist and publisher of numerous series of fashion plates including the Journal des Dames et des Modes 1797-1839.
Colas, 1765; Hiler, p. 526; Lipperheide, 1077.