London. Debenham and Freebody. n.d. (Circa 1880). Edition Deluxe- 6th edition. Exquisitely illustrated with 20 full page colour plates and a further 30 monochrome plates by Lilian Young depicting period female costumes in graphic detail. 8vo. Spectacularly bound in full gilt decorated vellum, gilt titles to front cover art nouveau gilt motif and morocco label to spine. a.e.g.
When Victorian ladies of society were invited to Fancy Dress Balls (Costume Parties), They would review the contents of this book and select a costume for the evening. A truly magnificently bound volume presenting a detailed overview of late 19th century fashions.
Covers slightly bowed, the mildest of usual darkening to vellum, else a fine gleaming copy.