Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

[ANTIQUARIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY / COSTUME]. Bibliographie generale du Costume et de la Mode by  Rene COLAS - FIRST EDITION - 1933 - from Michael Laird Rare Books LLC (SKU: 1090)

[ANTIQUARIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY / COSTUME]. Bibliographie generale du Costume et de la Mode

Click for full-size.

[ANTIQUARIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY / COSTUME]. Bibliographie generale du Costume et de la Mode

by COLAS, Rene

  • Used
  • very good
  • hardcover
  • First
Very good
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Lockhart, Texas
Item Price:
$8.00 shipping to USA
Standard Delivery: 7 to 14 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

About This Item

Paris: Librairie Rene Colas, 1933. FIRST EDITION. Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes (COMPLETE) bound in one. [viii] pp., 1412 cols., colonne 1412 (numeraz. continuata), 70 pp. (Table methodique) + iv pp. (Index to the Table). Bound for Martin Breslauer in contemporary German maroon half calf over maroon cloth, all original wrappers bound in (spine sunned and faded to chestnut brown), t.e.g., others untrimmed. Internally FINE. Beautiful Copy of the First Edition, limited to 1000 numbered copies (this one being No. 849). The still-indispensable, virtually comprehensive repertoire for the understanding and study of the Costume from antiquity to the 20th-century, including civil, military, and religious costume, clothing and fashion. While the work is principally European in scope, there is significant coverage given to other parts of the world. Approximately 3,121 work are meticulously described, with full collations and plate counts. The work is arranged alphabetically according to author (or if anonymous by title). So extensive is the work that there is even an Index to the Index (sic!). That this massive work was created by the heroic efforts of a single individual is amazing. Our copy was bound for Martin Breslauer, of Berlin, who was at that time justly considered to one of the greatest European booksellers. Breslauer was nearly ruined by Nazi tax-collectors and was forced to flee with his family to London. The present volume was allowed by the Nazis to be exported, having been appraised as "worthless" by a sympathetic colleague. Martin Breslauer was killed during the Blitz on London in 1940. -- By descent to his son Bernard H. Breslauer, bought by us at the sale of the famed Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana (Christie's NY 6/27/2005 lot 1511). Besterman, p. 1505.


Review this book and you'll be entered for a chance to win $50!

(Log-in or create an account first!)

You're rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Michael Laird Rare Books LLC US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
[ANTIQUARIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY / COSTUME]. Bibliographie generale du Costume et de la Mode
Book condition
Used - Very good
Quantity available
Librairie Rene Colas
Place of Publication
Date published

Terms of Sale

Michael Laird Rare Books LLC

14 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 14 days after delivery if an item arrives mis-described or damaged.

About the Seller

Michael Laird Rare Books LLC

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since: 2007
Lockhart, Texas
Ask Seller a Question

About Michael Laird Rare Books LLC

Welcome to Michael Laird Rare Books, LLC. We specialize in fine and rare books, manuscripts, documents, ephemera, fine and historic bookbindings, and illustrated books of every description. Michael Laird is a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America), ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers), and the Appraisers Association of America (USPAP compliant, and AAA certified in the appraisal of Rare and Antiquarian Printed Books). Michael Laird earned his masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin (1989) and has more twenty years experience in the antiquarian booktrade. He is the principal Rare Book and Document appraiser at Winston Art Group (New York) and Gurr Johns (New York). Since 2002 he has taught advanced graduate level courses in Rare Books and Special Collections, most recently at the University of Texas at Austin (School of Information).We invite you to browse through a selection of our inventory: we strive to present the greatest historic detail and bibliographic accuracy, even for lesser priced - but no less interesting - items.We are happy to provide further images of any item: please inquire.Order with confidence: we select every item with great care and discernment; moreover, we examine every page of every book. We are always interested in purchasing fine and rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera; please inquire. We very much appreciate your interest in our work, and your patronage. Thank you!


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

Damage done to a book cover or dust jacket caused by exposure to direct sunlight.  Very strong fluorescent light can cause...[more]
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...[more]
First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in...[more]
Calf or calf hide is a common form of leather binding.  Calf binding is naturally a light brown but there are ways to treat...[more]
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...[more]
The paper covering on the outside of a paperback.  Also see the entry for pictorial wraps, color illustrated coverings for...[more]

Frequently Asked Questions

This Book’s Categories