(Cambridge, United Kingdom): Cambridge University Press, 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete) in a slipcase, quarto size, 1275 pp. Fine / fine. Item #CNJL2236
"Textiles have been essential to the everyday lives of all societies. Besides helping to provide protection and warmth, they have fulfilled social, cultural, military, legal and symbolic functions, and have been an essential part of the economic activity of societies from ancient times. [This work] brings together and extends current knowledge on the production and uses of textiles, through the eyes of archaeologists, economic and social historians, historians of fashion and the history of dress and museum curators familiar with surviving artefacts...." (n.b., from introduction).
The editor, David Jenkins, lectures internationally and has published "widely" on the history of textiles, with a focus on the wool textile industry.
___DESCRIPTION: Both volumes bound in full evergreen cloth, gilt lettering and the Press device on the spines, replete with maps, charts, illustrations, and photographs mostly in black and white, each volume with a section of colour plates; quarto size (9 15/16" by 7"), pagination: Volume I, [i-iv] v-xlii, 1-714; Volume II, [i-iv] v-xlii, [715-716] 717-1191 (note that the colour plates are not included in the pagination). Each volume with a different glossy paper pictorial dust jacket, rectangle placed in the middle of the front boards with white and gold lettering over a green ground, same on the spines, a summary of the work and author bio on the front flaps, rear flaps plain, jackets without a printed price. Housed in a sturdy slipcase covered with the same green cloth as the binding, white paper covering the interior, one side of the slipcase with the publisher's barcode label.
___CONDITION: A fine copy, we removed the shrinkwrap in order to catalogue; the bindings clean and without blemish, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the corners straight and unrubbed, the interiors clean and bright, and the set entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The dust jackets also fine, unclipped (although without a printed price), completely free from edgewear or sunning. The slipcase fine overall, strong and sturdy, the cloth clean and unrubbed; one extremely shallow dent to one side of the top of the case, likely incurred during shipping to the original owner.
___POSTAGE: Please note that this is an extremely heavy set, and therefore additional postage will apply. We are happy to ship at cost to both domestic and international customers, please inquire for details.
___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.