[ALEXANDER, William (1767-1816)]
Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manner of the Austrians. Illustrated in fifty coloured engravings, with descriptions
London: printed for John Murray by W. Bulmer & Co, 1814 [plates watermarked 1811]. Quarto. (9 1/4 x 6 3/8 inches). 50 hand-coloured aquatint plates by William Alexander.
Expertly bound to style in half black straight-grained morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, the flat spine divided into six compartments by double gilt fillets, lettered in gilt in the second compartment
Provenance: E. Burgoyne (early signature)
A spectacular survey of the costume of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The geographic range is greater than the title would signify to the modern reader: there are images drawn from all parts of Austria proper, from Hungary, Scavonia, Bohemia, Transylvania, Croatia, Moravia and elsewhere. The artist generally concentrates on the peasant classes, usually showing them in their distinctive regional best.
Cf. Colas I, 78; cf. Lipperheide Ea 26; Tooley 375.