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"WHAT NOT TO WEAR" Vols I & II by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. 2002/3

Two Hardcover First editions in glossy hardcovers published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London in 2002/2003 respectively.

Two excellent and informative volumes published to coincide with the popular BBC television series of the same name. Well illustrated throughout, the books provide expert advice on how to look good and be confident as a result.

Vol I = 160 pages, Vol II = 160 pages.

Condition:  Good.  Some slight wear & sunning to covers and spines. Internal pages very good. Bindings tight.

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"WHY WOMEN WEAR CLOTHES"  by C. Willett Cunnington.  1941.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth covers, published by Faber and Faber, Ltd, London in 1941.  Dimensions: 18.5cm x 12.5cm approx. 

A rather interesting look at womens clothing from a somewhat different perspective. The volume covers "Costume as a Direct method of Sex-Attraction", "Costume and Physical Charm", "Costume and Emancipation" and much more.

261 pages.

Condition:    Reasonable.  Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings.  Has been re-bound for library use.  Hinges taped.  Spine slightly skewed.  Some wear/rubbing/marking to cloth covers.  Internal pages good.  Binding tight.

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"FROM NUDITY TO RAIMENT - An Intorduction to the Study of Costume"  by Hilaire Hiler.  1929.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers with blue calf spine, published by W. & G. Foyle, Ltd, London in 1929.  Dimensions: 27.5cm x 23cm approx. 

A comprehensive inrtroduction to the study of costume begins with origin of clothing and takes in Prehistoric Dress, The Primitives, The Bronze Age, and Costumes in Mexico, Central America, and Peru. The book also looks at piercings and tattoos amongst other things.

303 pages with numerous colour and black and white plates and illustrations.

Condition:    Reasonably Good.  Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings.  Has probaly been re-bound for library use.  Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers.  Internal pages good with slight wear.  Binding tight.

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"SHAKESPEARIAN COSTUME FOR STAGE AND SCREEN"  by F. M. Kelly.  1938.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth covers, published by Adam and Charles Black, London in 1938.  Dimensions: 24.5cm x 18.5cm approx. 

A comprehensive volume on the subject of Shakespearian costume - primarily aimed at designers for the stage and film but just as relevant for historical research.

128 pages 9 black and white plates and 93 drawings. Includes a fold-out reproduction of the "Europa" section of a plate of "fashions of apparel throughout the world" by Jost Amman, Nuremberg, 1577 with an explanation.

Condition:    Reasonable.  Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers.  Boards very slightly warped.  Internal pages good with some yellowing and slight wear.  Fold-out illustration has a couple of minor tears to the outer edge.  Binding tight.

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"HISTORIC COSTUME FOR THE STAGE"  by Lucy Barton.  1935.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth covers, published by Adam and Charles Black, London in 1935.  Dimensions: 25cm x 18cm approx. 

A comprehensive volume aimed at designers of costumes for the theatre. The book covers all periods between 4000 B.C. and 1914 and includes Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Gothic, Elizabethan and numerous other styles of costume.

605 pages with full index plus colour frontispiece and 76 pages of drawings by David Sarvis.

Condition:    Reasonably Good.  Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings.  Has been rebound for library use.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers.  Boards very slightly warped.  Internal pages good with slight wear.  Binding tight.

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"THE ART OF ENGLISH COSTUME"  by C. Willett Cunnington.  1949.

Hardcover First Edition (Second Impression) in blue cloth covers, published by Collins, London in 1949.  Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A comprehensive account of the development of English Costume whose aim is "to present the continuity of a living art."

243 pages with numerous black and white plates.

Condition:    Reasonable.  Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings.  Has been re-bound for library use.  Hinges taped.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers.  Internal pages good with some wear and one or two taped repairs.  Binding tight.

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"ENGLISH COSTUME - From Prehistoric Times to the End of the Eighteenth Century"  by George Clinch.  1909.

Hardcover First Edition in gilt embossed red cloth covers, published by Methuen & Co, London in 1909.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx. 

A rather interesting volume in Methuen's "The Antiquary's Books" series. Chapters include Prehistoric Costume, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon costume, Military costume, Ecclesiastical costume, Monasitic, Academic, and Legal costume, Coronation and Parliamentary Robes, and also look at each century individually.

295pages plus publishers advertisements and numerous black and white plates..

Condition:    Reasonably Good.  Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings.  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers.  Boards very slightly warped.  Internal pages good.  Binding tight.

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