*Our shops are open Monday - Saturday. Click here for more information about visiting us, and the safety measures that have been put in place.*

GILES, Edward Bowyer; John Mogford; Frederick T. Prewett; Henry Roberts & Mark Wiseman.

The West End System:

A Scientific and Practical Method of Cutting All Kinds of Garments. Part I. Coats, Ladies' Habits and Jackets. [&] Part II. Trowsers, Breeches, and Gaiters, Vests, Collars, and Alterations.

London, F.T. Prewett, 1875 Stock Code: 139170
£275.00

"The skilful Cutting of Garments is both a Science and an Art"

Reserve Ask us a question

Notes

First edition of Part I, second of Part II, the quick re-release "necessitated by the continuance of demand" (Preface). A highly successful cutting manual which ran to many editions through to the 1920s. These earliest iterations are uncommon, with WorldCat listing only BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge for the 1875 first edition. This is an important work in bright condition.

"Direct measure system. Coats, including military, clerical, hunting; trousers, breeches, gaiters, vests. Practical. Well illustrated" (Shep, Catalogue 77, Performing Arts and Costume, quoted in Seligman). The authors represented the editorial committee of the West-End Gazette, the journal of Metropolitan Foreman Tailor's Society, and the system was first "arranged for and published" there. Giles was perhaps the most respected writer on tailoring of his era, author of the still authoritative History of the Art of Cutting in England.

Confused? Read our glossary

Description

2 volumes, quarto. Original green cloth, title in gilt to the spine, and to the front board within broad triple fillet double panel, same panel in blind to the lower board, cream surface-paper endpapers to I, pale yellow to II.

Illustrations

36 plates in all, text within decorative printed frame throughout, illustrated ads at the rear.

Condition

Very light rubbing at the extremities, pale toning, else very good indeed.

DELIVERY

With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details

 

ABOUT US

Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220


ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK TO SELL?
OR
CAN’T FIND THE BOOK YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book