Fact & Fantasy
41 items in collection

The books represented in this collection were intended to give mostly French and English audiences a view—through the lens of costume—into the lives of peoples and places near and far, from the recent and distant past. Grounded in historical and ethnographic research but rendered with an artistic eye, these books filled with colorful plates fed several overlapping nineteenth-century fascinations, including antiquarianism, romanticism, ethnography and travel literature, nationalism, and nostalgia. Costume history books offer a window into the historiography of the amateur study of culture. The authors of these works were as interested in disseminating fantasy as in collecting and curating fact.


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Fact & Fantasy

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"Grecian Female."

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"Costumes de L’Infanterie sous Henri III, France et Flandre – XVIe Siècle." (Costumes of the Infantry under Henry III, France, and Flanders – 16th Century.)

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"Grecian Female."

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"Paysans – Moyan Age." (Peasants of the Middle Ages.)

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"Costumes Féminines, Europe – XVIe Siècle." (Women’s Costumes, Europe – 16th Century.)

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"Costumes des Femmes – Grec." (Women’s Costumes of Greece.)

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"Écosse Costumes Nationaux." (Scottish National Costume.)

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"XIV Jahrhundert." (14th Century.)

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"Letztes Drittel des XVI Jahrhundert." (Last Third of the 16th Century.)

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"Street Musicians, Rome."

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"Costume Near Lodi [Italy]."

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"Italian Goatherd."

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"Flower Girl, Paris."

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"Roman Butcher."

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"Costume of Turin [Italy]."

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"A Porter with Fruit Trees and Flowers."

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"A Flute-Seller."

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"A Woman Embroidering."

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"A Bookseller."