PETITE GALERIE DRAMATIQUE ou recueil des differentes costumes d’acteurs des theâtres de la capitale. Paris, Martinet, 1796-1843. 10 vols. 8vo. Contemporary, marbled boards. Labels with title and shelf number in ink pasted on spine. With 1602 (of 1636) hand-coloured full-page engraved plates, of which 8 are folding.
Fine set of beautifully hand-coloured plates of theatrical costumes. The often humorous plates scenically portray the most important Paris actors and actresses of the early nineteenth-century and are of great interest to theatrical history. The plates were separately published over a period of almost 50 years. ‘Ein vollständiges Exemplar von 1636 Tafeln is daher äusserst selten’ (Lipperheide).
B-A note: This is an impressively large collection - 1,602 engraved plates!: See image of the whole collection below, and more plates at the link. Via Antiquariaat Forum.