"Le Costume Historique" (1876-1888)
by August Racinet (in various languages)
Chromolithographs, some with gold and silver (duotone also available)
Sheet size: singles are approx. 7½ x 8½ inches • doubles are approx. 15½ x 8½
Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet's Le Costume Historique was the most wide-ranging and intelligent study of clothing ever published. Covering the world history of costume, dress, and style from antiquity through the end of the 19th century, the great work — "consolidated" in 1888 into six volumes containing nearly 500 plates — remains, to this day, completely unique in its scope and detail.
Perusing these beautifully detailed and exquisitely chromolithographs, you'll discover everything from the garb of ancient Etruscans to traditional Eskimo attire to 19th-century French women's couture: though Racinet's study spans the globe from ancient times through his own, his focus is on European clothing from the middle ages to the 1880s and this subject is treated with exceeding passion and attention to detail.
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