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Customs and Costume: Surveys and Examples of National Studies to 1900

An assemblage of about two dozen (and growing) various and representative plate books, portfolios of paintings and prints, and illustrated surveys on costume and customs of people around the world, principally in the 19th-century.

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Korewah group, aboriginal, Chota Nagpoor. Digital ID: 1125256 Korewah group, aboriginal, Chota Nagpoor. Digital ID: 1125256

Collection History

Many 19th century plate books on customs and costume came to NYPL from the founding Lenox and Astor library holdings, as well as the personal library of benefactor Samuel J. Tilden. Many of the titles chosen for digitization show dress in the context of ethnicity or nationality. Related dress materials, such as accessories and body ornamentation, are also included.

Related Resources

See also the following digital collections for additional regional works: [Africana & Black History; Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs; The Luso-Hispanic New World in Early Prints and Photographs; After Columbus: Four-hundred Years of Native American Portraiture; and Icons and Images of Cultures: Plate Books from the Russian Empire, Early Soviet Russia, and Eastern Europe, 1730-1935]

- 9/23/2004

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