"Oceania - Polinesia"
This is an original 1843 black and white copper engraving of an illustration by Giacomo Casa of the typical dress and costumes of women and girls from the Mariana Islands, female dancers and boxers from the Island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, and warriors and queens from Hawaii.
This 170+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light foxing and aging. Light wrinkling. Please note: There is a plate impression bordering the image in this print.
Period Paper is pleased to offer one of the most extraordinary collections of original, large format, museum-quality copper engravings depicting the history of costumes from around the world. In addition to the ancient and medieval costumes, these engravings include historical scenes of daily life, architectural drawings, transportation, and more. This group of copper engravings took 10 years to produce. Each engraving is intensely detailed and includes the original copperplate impression. These engravings are from the first and only edition of these works. And, within this group are some spectacular engravings with fine watercoloring by hand.
The scarcity of the collection, the condition of the collection, the elephant folio size, the detail of the copper engravings, and the subject matter make this one of the most impressive collections we've procured. These would look stunning framed and would make for exceptional, one-of-a-kind gifts.
This piece was illustrated by Casa, Giacomo. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.
Reproductive art by Antonio Bernati & Giovanni Lago.