London: Field & Tuer, . First edition of this attractive Leadenhall Press production covering the fashion of the period following the French Revolution (1798 – 1827). Twenty-four hand-colored plates by Halkett, 10 ff. catalogue printed on recto only. Spine sunned and cloth lightly soiled. With the original cloth ties. Two bookplates to front pastedown, one of Anne and Fernand Gabriel Renier, whose collection of children’s literature is now housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Foxing to first few leaves but otherwise quite clean. A very good copy. Original paisley-patterned cloth with printed paper labels on cover and spine. , 54 ff. text printed on one side only. Item #17058
In the introduction, Margaret Raine Hunt (1831 – 1912) writes, “The French Revolution…altered the laws of dress as completely as it altered most other laws; and every fashion which had been in favor before it, was utterly discarded. For that reason it seems a good period to take as a starting-point. There is much to commend in the determined revolt against the extravagant fashions which prevailed under poor Marie Antoinette.”.
Hunt was a novelist, translator, and feminist. Ford Madox Ford said Hunt had a “brilliant social popularity,” and her social circle included Edna St. Vincent Millais, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Robert Browning, John Ruskin, Oscar Wilde, and Edward Burne-Jones (ODNB). Hunt was known for her witty prose, and her translation of Grimms’ Fairy Tales, published by Andrew Lang, became a definitive edition. Her husband was the landscape painter Alfred William Hunt (1829 – 1896) and her eldest daughter was the author and literary hostess Violet Hunt (1862–1942). George Roland Halkett (1855 – 1918) was a prolific illustrator whose best-known artwork appears in his translation of Rumpelstiltskin (1882). Colas 1506. Hiler, p. 453.