New edition with extra plates. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine and upper board. Illustrated with 48 wonderful hand-coloured engravings across 24 plates (complete). A very good copy, the binding shaken, but all still holding well, and with a little wear to the extremities. The contents with a previous owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, an ink spot to the reverse of the frontispiece, occasional marking/spotting to page edges, and some creasing to the top corners of pp.15-18, are otherwise clean throughout. The plates are fresh and bright.
The first edition contained 15 plates. An early nineteenth-century panorama of global costumes and cultures embellished with a superb range of beautifully hand-coloured engravings. A scarce title, especially in its original binding, and in unusually good condition.
Stock code: 16831
London: John Harris.