(Miniature Costume Cards)

Costumes de Différents Peuples.

(c. 1825). (20)ff. loose. Each numbered card features a lithographed illustration of a man and a woman adorned in garb customary to their nationality. Only one card, number four, shows a solitary figure: a man on horseback galloping through the desert. The range of guises is global, spanning from Europe to Asia to Africa. Though ambitious in its scope, the set's resulting generalities rely on stereotype, especially of indigenous and non-white peoples. A fascinating, albeit flawed, view of mid-nineteenth-century fashion and international perceptions thereof. All cards crisp with only faintest stains to first and last. Housed in paper slipcase with lithographed title pasted to front. Fine. (1 11/16 by 1 3/8 in.; 43x35 mm). Item #30467

Price: $650.00