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Stella Mary Newton FASHION IN THE AGE OF THE BLACK PRINCE First Edition Signed

Stella Mary Newton FASHION IN THE AGE OF THE BLACK PRINCE First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback of FASHION IN THE AGE OF THE BLACK PRINCE: A Study of the Years 1340-1365 by Stella Mary Newton, published by Boydell Press - Boydell & Brewer Ltd., Woodbridge in 1980. Signed and inscribed by Newton on the front endpaper.

The book is in very good condition (Clean green cloth boards with silver lettering on the spine which has only minor rubbing to the corners but nothing too drastic) with minor wear to the dust jacket which is price clipped, although there is an original publisher's price sticker on the inside flap (very slight creasing to the edges and a few light lines of the jacket film at the front and back which looks like a production fault). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Stella Mary Newton's lifelong interest in costume has been the mainspring of her work , from early days as a stage and costume designer (including designing the costumes for the first production of T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral ) to her later work at the National Gallery advising on the implications of costume for the purpose of dating, and at the Courtauld Institute where she set up the department for the study of the history of dress.

"1340 to 1363 were years remarkable for dramatic developments in fashion and for extravagant spending on costume, foreshadowing the later luxury of Richard II's court. Stella Mary Newton broke new ground with this detailed study of a short period in the history of fashion ( with exception of recent books on the 1920s and 1930s ); there is certainly no other single book, which discusses fourteenth-century costume in comparable depth.

Mrs. Newton draws on surviving accounts from the Royal courts, the evidence of chronicles and poetry (often from unpublished manuscripts), and representations in painting, sculpture and manuscript illumination. Her exploration of aspects of chivalry, particularly the choice of mottoes and devices worn at tournaments, and of the exchange of gifts of clothing between reigning monarchs, offers new insights into the social history of the times, and she has much to say that is crucial to the study of illuminated manuscripts of the fourteenth century.”

Contents include: 1340: a New Fashion; What they said about it ; The Great Wardrobe and the Round Table; English and French Royal Clothing in the Early 1340s; Court Dress after Crecy; Tournaments and Orders of Chivalry; Fashions after Poitiers; Livery and the Dress of the Poor; Actors Minstrels and Fools; National Traits and Deviations in the Dress of the Period; Fashion in Works of Art; Postscript; Notes and References; and Appendices.

'Something of a landmark in the history of dress... the period is notably rich in its documentation, and by carefully analysing both the manuscript sources and published accounts (the author) is able to produce an abundantly detailed narrative of the changes in fashion... Tighter clothes outraged moralists, incensed monastic chroniclers and stirred poets... in the last chapter the author discuss(es) the relationship of the garments she has meticulously reconstructed with their possible representations in manuscript illumination, sculpture and painting... Of lasting value... a pioneering book which will be of enduring value to historians of dress and art alike.' - Apollo

'The evidence for this scholarly and detailed study is drawn in the first instance from documentary sources... contemporary illustrations reinforce the written evidence... The book contains much that is of wider interest than the subject matter suggests: the various mottoes used by Edward III are discussed, and the problem of his expanding waistline is revealed; there are interesting sidelights on the new orders of chivalry.' - English Historical Review (Michael Prestwich)

4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 151 pages. Illustrated with black & white photographs throughout. Appendices include: Appendix I: A Pastourelle by Froissart; Appendix II: Gilles li Muisis on the Current Fashions; Appendix III: Extracts from Some Sumptuary Regulations, 1340--65; Appendix IV: Garments, Stuffs and Colours; Appendix V: Some extracts from the English Great Wardrobe Accounts. Bibliography and Index.

ISBN: 0 85115 125 6

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