PYNE, William Henry (1769-1843)
The Costume of Great Britain
London: Printed for William Miller ... by William Bulmer and Co., 1804 [plates watermarked 1819]. Folio. (14 x 10 inches). Hand-coloured stipple-engraved title vignette, 60 hand-coloured aquatint plates with partially coloured backgrounds.
Contemporary full green straight grained morocco, covers bordered in gilt and blind, spine with wide semi-raised bands in six compartments, tooled in gilt on each band, lettered in the second compartment, the other with a repeat decoration in blind, blue endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in a cloth box.
Lovely copy of the deluxe issue with partially coloured backgrounds.
The work was issued in three forms: with only the figures coloured, with the foreground immediately behind or around the figures coloured (as the present) and a rare issue with sky additionally coloured.
Abbey, Life 430; Colas 2447; Tooley 388.