The Costume of the Original Inhabitants of the British Islands, From the Earliest Periods to the Sixth Century; to which is added, that of the Gothic Nations of the Western Coasts of the Baltic, the Ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Danes

MEYRICK, Samuel Rush & Charles Hamilton Smith


Publisher: London, printed by Howlett and Brimmer for T. M'Lean, 1821, the second edition (first published 1815)
Description: pp(6), 60, acquatint additional title page and 24 costume plates, all finely coloured. Folio [26x37cms], cloth-backed marbled paper covered boards with original green paper title label on front board. Expertly rebacked to match. The heavy Whatman paper has watermark dates from 1815 to 1821. Some light spotting to endpapers, but a very good copy

Meyrick, a passionate collector of antiquities, was greatly influenced by William Stukeley’s work on Stonehenge. His book’s beautiful imagined recreations of Druids and early Britons resemble classical gods like the Greek and Roman sculptures seen on the Grand Tour, with the addition of gold and bronze ornaments and weapons. Abbey ‘Life’ 427

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