[Journal des dames et des modes. Paris: chez l'Auteur, 1797-1842.]
46 annuals in 18 volumes. 8vo (202 x 220 mm, the final two volumes slightly taller). Over 3500 hand-colored engravings (plates numbered consecutively with only a few omissions). Plates only, without text. Period quarter roan. Several plates laid in loosely, minor nicks to bindings. Sold as a periodical, not subject to return.
AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE ON HISTORICAL COSTUME: THE MOST COMPLETE SET OF THIS IMPORTANT PERIODICAL THAT WE LOCATE IN THE AUCTION RECORDS. It covers 40 years of European fashion, from the neoclassical drapery of the Revolutionary period to the puffed sleeves and wide beribboned skirts of the 1830s. The majority of the plates depict women's gowns (for evening, day and domestic wear), but there are also a substantial number of plates covering specifically millinery, others for men's fashions, and a few detailing coiffure. The coloring is fresh and in good condition and the captions provide details on the fabrics used.