Costume of the Ancients.
A New Edition, Much Enlarged.
First published in 1809 with 200 plates, it was expanded in the second edition of 1812 to 260 plates and finally, in this third edition, to 361. Thomas Hope (1769-1831) was an art collector and connoisseur who wished to influence contemporary taste with two publications: Costume of the Ancients and Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807). Costume of the Ancients was intended as a design manual for practising artists in rendering the ancients in costume.
2 volumes, tall octavo (245 142 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, richly gilt spines, marbled paper sides, edges and endpapers. 321 line engravings of costumes. Bookplates removed from pastedowns, library stamp on verso of front free endpaper in volume I. A clean set in an attractive period binding.
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