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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

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

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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.

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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.


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


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


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