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ROBES OF THE REALM:  300 YEARS OF CEREMONIAL DRESS., Campbell, Una.  Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.  Introduction by Michael W. Middleton.
1 Campbell, Una. Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Introduction by Michael W. Middleton. ROBES OF THE REALM: 300 YEARS OF CEREMONIAL DRESS.
Ede and Ravenscroft / Michael O'Mara, London, 1989, first edition. 
112 pp, 4to (12" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0948397616 Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs and reproductions. ISBN 0948397616 "(This book) marks (Ede and Ravencroft, royal robemakers of Chancery Lane)'s tercentenary , celebrates a unique history of service to the State, Church and Law, as well as describing some of the many ceremonies at which their robes are displayed to such magnificent effect....Coronations provide the robemakers with their greatest chall e n g e. Royal coronation robes are truly spectacular, being made of the finest and richest materials, elaborately embroidered in gold, while the officers of Church and State are arrayed in the full panoply of their ceremonial dress in honour of th e So ve reign. The Peers in robes of crimson velvet with ermine trimming and cape, the Knights of the Orders of Chivalry in richly coloured robes and insignia, the Officers of Arms in their tabards and the great Officers of State are massed in rank s of rar e and unforgettable splendour. There are many other occasions on which ceremonial robes are regularly worn, and seen and admired by millions. The State Opening of Parliament brings together the Peers and Judges, the Officers of State and t he Bish ops to hear the Queen's Gracious Speech from the Throne. The annual Garter Ceremony at Windsor is an opportunity to see the Queen and other members of the Royal Family in their blue silk velvet Garter robes, accompanied by the Knights of th e Garte r and the Heralds of the College of Arms. At the Lord Chancellor's Breakfast in October, marking the beginning of the legal year, the most senior Judges wear their splendid black and gold gowns - made of black damask elaborately trimmed wit h gold l ace and handmade gold ornaments - and the High Court Judges their scarlet robes trimmed with ermine, as they process with black-gowned barristers between the House of Lords and Westminster Abbey. The annual election of the Lord Mayor of Lo nd on give s rise to a whole series of events at which civic robes are worn, and also sees the gathering together of the members of the livery companies, whose officers wear a great variety of ceremonial dress. In the summer, degree ceremonie s take pl ace all over the country, and an extraordinary number of variations on the basic theme of the academic gown and hood can be seen. (This book) contains a full account of Ede and Ravenscroft's central role in these occasions as makers of robes a nd w igs for three centuries. They enter their fourth century determined to uphold and maintain the highest standards of craftsmanship and skill in keeping with the ancient traditions of which they are so much a part." Book is slightly coc ked, has plac e and da te in pencil at top of free front endpaper. dust jacket has light rubbing, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very soft diagonal crease on rear panel. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 24.00 USD
 
 
SILK:  ITS PRODUCTION AND MANUFACTURE.  PITMAN'S COMMON COMMODITIES AND INDUSTRIES SERIES., Hooper, Luther.
2 Hooper, Luther. SILK: ITS PRODUCTION AND MANUFACTURE. PITMAN'S COMMON COMMODITIES AND INDUSTRIES SERIES.
Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, London, n.d. [ca. 1924 - dated on verso of ffep]. 
128 pp + 24 pp publisher's catalogue, 12 mo (7 1/4" H), hard cover (green cloth with black lettering on spine, black lettering and borders on front board) - no dust jacket (stiff mylar cover supplied). Colour frontispiece, b&w photographs, reproduc tions, drawings, diagrams. Contents: The Value of Silk and Source of Supply; The Silkworm; Varieties of Silk-Producing Moths; History of Silk and Sericulture; The Practice of Sericulture; Reeling From the Cocoons; Silk Throwing and Winding; Sil k D yeing; Varieties of Silk Thread; Ancient Silk Weaving; The Ornamental Silk Webs of China; The Simple and Compound Draw-Loom for Silk Weaving; Satin Damask Weaving; Silk Weaving in the East to A.D. 1200; The Introduction of Silk Weaving Into Eur op e ; Development of European Silk Weaving, Thirteenth to Sixteenth Century; English Silk Weaving to About 1800; Modern Silk Weaving; Spun Silk; Index. Scattered light foxing marks on endpapers, previous owner's name/date on verso of free front en dpa pe r, light browning on edges of textblock - also some light soiling on fore-edge, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, a few tiny stains at bottom of front board. Very Good- 
Price: 35.00 USD
 


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