Paperback, 144 pgs.
This classic work is among the earliest of the great costume books of the 16th century. As a work of art, it is of extraordinary quality and character. As a social document, it is one of the most fascinating of its time, delineating not only the dress of Europeans of all classes, but depicting details of farming customs, recreation, the marketplace and more-all offering rare glimpses into the day-to-day life of the Renaissance.
The principal focus of the collection is on the costumes of Spain, but clothing of the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, England, Ireland and Portugal is also depicted with great accuracy and detail. A special feature is the section on Aztec Indians brought to Spain by Cortés and sketched from life there by Weiditz. All 154 original plates have been meticulously reproduced, complete with English captions. The result is an indispensable resource that will interest costume and cultural historian, students of the Renaissance and anyone interested in an authentic glimpse of life as it was lived in the mid-16th century.