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“Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes”

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The Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes by Albert Racinet, with introduction by Dr. Aileen Ribeiro. New York: Facts on File, 1988. 320 pages. Ex-library copy; in very good condition.

“From North America to Japan, from the Bushmen of the Kalahari to the Eskimos, from the Middle Ages to the author’s nineteenth century contemporaries, the costumes of kings, paupers, soldiers, scholars and the bourgeoisie are illustrated with detail and delicacy alike, using original nineteenth century lithographs of great quality. These illustrations can be seen on every other page of the book, and every illustrated page faces a page of text, which describes and provides background information on the period, the region and the costumes portrayed.”

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