The Costumes of Chios: Their Development from the XVth to the XXth Century
London: B. T. Batsford LTD, 1953.
First Edition. Hardcover.
Limited to 500 copies of which 450 copies were for public sale.
An exhaustive pictorial record of the varied and elaborate costumes of the people of the Greek island Chios. From the 16th-18th century, Chios was one of the richest, most populous and fertile islands in the Mediterranean. Costumes of the aristocracy and peasants are both featured, with a discussion of raw materials used in their construction. Also discussed is the manufacture of and trade in goods made of wool and cotton, and of the silk industry upon which the prosperity of Chios was largely based. Other topics of interest included here are discussions of stitchery and embroidery methods used in the southern region of the island, use of dyes, and use and style of accessories like jewelry and cosmetics.Item #900799
7-3/4 x 10-1/2", blue cloth with gilt titles and gilt medallion front board, xiii, 338pp, appendices, index ,111 plates of which 88 are in colour, 200 drawings throughout the text.
Fading to spine and edges front board and faint spotting front board, spine a bit cocked, binding tight, no owner’s names or marks, very good.