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Satchwell, Richard.  Scripture costume: Exhibited in a series of engravings, representing the principal personages mentioned in the sacred writings ... with biographical sketches and historical remarks on the manners and customs of eastern nations. London: Pr. for Samuel Leigh by W. Clowes, 1819. Large 4to (32.8 cm, 12.9"). [2], viii, 170 pp.; 20 col. plts.

First edition of this deluxe volume on the costume of prominent Biblical figures including Jesus and the Queen of Sheba, with the illustrations "drawn under the superintendence" of Benjamin West. The => 20 aquatint plates were engraved by Thomas Lord Busby after Satchwell's drawings and colored by hand; the illustrations are accompanied by extensive biographical and historical commentary. This elaborate production is apparently uncommon in research institutions where its presence might be expected; WorldCat places it in only six U.S. locations including the Library of Congress, one state library, one major art museum, and two great public libraries.
        Binding: Contemporary maroon straight-grained morocco, framed and panelled in gilt single and double fillets with corner fleurons, spine with gilt-ruled raised bands, gilt-stamped compartment decorations, turn-ins with gilt roll. All edges gilt.

Brunet, V, 142; NSTC 2S4987. Bound as above, rebacked some time ago with complementary morocco; some rubbing and scuffing and hinges (inside) reinforced. Front free endpaper with old affixed cataloguing description; front fly-leaf with closed tear, internal hole, and pencilled annotations. Frontispiece plate (Noah) with tiny chip to upper margin and evidence of two onetime small paper adhesions, one guard leaf with short tear, final text page and back fly-leaf with slim vertical line of light staining; intermittent spots of foxing, usually faint and, where affecting plates, not detracting from images. => A sturdy. impressive, and eye-pleasing volume.  (37244)   Please RESHELVE This.

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