The History of the Art of Cutting in England;
preceded by a Sketch of the History of English Costumes.London, F.T. Prewett, Messrs. Kent & Co., Jno. J. Mitchell & Co. New York, 1887 Stock Code: 139216
NotesFirst and only contemporary edition, uncommon in the publisher's binding. Giles (1828-1896), first historian of the English trade, was the long-time editor of the West-End Gazette, journal of Metropolitan Foreman Tailor's Society. This is "an excellent history covering works on the art of cutting. Includes various works and systems as well as journals" (Seligman). An important work, highly desirable thus.
Octavo. Original purple fine diagonally-ribbed cloth, title gilt to spine and front board, single fillet blind panel to both boards, black surface-paper endpapers.
Tissue-guarded lithographic portrait frontispiece, printed on tinted India paper and mounted above facsimile signature, 9 folding plates, and numerous illustrations to the text.
Spine sunned, traces of paper label to the tail, a little rubbed and soiled, corners knocked, small chip from the front free, contemporary gift inscription mounted verso, tissue-guard lightly foxed with some transfer to the title page, otherwise a very good tight copy.
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