Large 4to, pp. iv, [ii, list of plates], 60, with a lithographed title and 30 hand-coloured lithographed plates; engraved title slightly spotted, a few isolated spots elsewhere, pale dampstain in extreme upper margin of a few plates, but generally a very good copy in the original boards with lithographed paper label on upper cover; rubbed and soiled, spine renewed, endleaves spotted; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).
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The costumes of the French Pyrenees, drawn on stone by J. D. Harding, from original sketches, by J. Johnson Esqr.
First edition of this attractive and very scarce costume book. ‘The individual figures were all taken from nature during a tour through the French Pyrenées in 1825, and the backgrounds, which are faithful representations of the scenery, limited however from the size of the paper, though taken at the same time, were not sketched in connexion with the figures; and it is to Mr. J. D. Harding that the merit of their tasteful design and adaptation is due. The letter-press descriptions are mere brief notices; as to give a more detailed account of their customs, superstitions, etc. would have much exceeded the intended limits of the publication’ (introduction, pp. iii–iv).
Little is known about John Johnson, but James Duffield Harding (1797–1863) was an early and prolific practitioner of lithography who was highly thought of by Ruskin. Although he travelled extensively on the Continent himself, he also worked up views by others of places which he had not himself visited, as here.
Colas 1551; Lipperheide Fe 9. Not in Abbey, Travel.
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