Recueil général de coeffures de différents gouts, ou l'on voit la manière dont se coëffoient les femmes, sous différens règnes, A commencer en 1589 jusq'en 1778. Avec des vers analogues à chaque costume. Suivi d'une collection des modes Françoises. Contenant les différens habillemens & coëffures des hommes & des femmes. La plus complette qui ait paru en ce genre. Ouvrage fort desiré de l'un & de l'autre sexe.
Item ID 72552
Paris, Desnos, . Letterpress title page with engraved border; 24 engraved plates containing 48 numbered images, all in fine, contemporary hand-colouring. 19th century full morocco by Noulhac. Spine with five raised bands and gilt title; marbled endpapers; boards with gilt-lined edges and floral inner dentelles. All edges gilt. A very rare, wide-margined copy and perhaps the only one in contemporary colouring throughout. Uncoloured copies are no match. The illustrations show the hairstyles (and clothing) of the royals and upper classes between the late 16th and late 18th century in France. The colouring is rich and subtle. Each portrait is accompanied by a "gold-framed" explanatory text. This arrangement suggests that a "duodecimo" or "pocket book" binding was possible too. This copy, however, is bound with the wide margins intact. The beautiful binding is by the French master-binder Henri Noulhac (1866-1931) who worked in his town of birth, Chateauroux, and after 1890 in Paris. Binding a trifle sunned on the spine, otherwise impeccable; the title page repaired, leaving some irregular toning; repair to the outer margin of the first plate; otherwise excellent, the impressions and colouring strong. OCLC WorldCat reports only six copies world wide, none in – contemporary – colouring. Cohen, 863. Not in Brunet. A never recorded contemporary coloured copy of a very rare work