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da The Fashionable Lover, Richard Cumberland, 1774
da The Fashionable Lover, Richard Cumberland, 1774
da Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden ... The second edition, with forty-one plates, Sir Robert Ker Porter, 1813
da Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden ... The second edition, with forty-one plates, Sir Robert Ker Porter, 1813
da Die Völker des Erdballs nach ihrer Abstammung und Verwandtschaft, und ihren Eigenthümlichkeiten in Regierungsform, Religion, Sitte und Tracht ... Mit ... colorirten Abbildungen, Heinrich Carl Wilhelm Berghaus, 1845
da Die Völker des Erdballs nach ihrer Abstammung und Verwandtschaft, und ihren Eigenthümlichkeiten in Regierungsform, Religion, Sitte und Tracht ... Mit ... colorirten Abbildungen, Heinrich Carl Wilhelm Berghaus, 1845
da 'A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da 'A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da 'A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da London (illustrated). A complete guide to the leading hotels, places of amusement ... Also a directory ... of first-class reliable houses in the various branches of trade, 1872
da London (illustrated). A complete guide to the leading hotels, places of amusement ... Also a directory ... of first-class reliable houses in the various branches of trade, 1872
da Cook's Handbook for London. With two maps, Thomas Cook and Son, 1894
da Paul Clifford, Single Novels, Lord Edward George Earle Lytton, 1883
da An analysis of Country Dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, etc., 1811

Le immagini “fashion” della British Library

Dopo aver messo online su Flickr, poco meno di due anni fa, oltre un milione di immagini di pubblico dominio liberamente consultabili e scaricabili, la British Library ha chiesto al pubblico di dare una mano nella catalogazione online di quella montagna di “tesori d’archivio”, taggando le varie pagine estratte da antichi manoscritti e libri d’epoca, in modo da poterli suddividere per categorie.

Se l’impresa è tutt’altro che compiuta, sono già molti gli “album” tematici disponibili, tra cui quello su Moda & Costume, che raccoglie quasi 400 illustrazioni provenienti da libri del Sette-Ottocento, soprattutto volumi illustrati di viaggi (per l’epoca) lontani, e guide agli usi, ai costumi e ovviamente anche alle mode di città vicine e remote, dai costumi degli indigeni alle pellicce delle eschimesi, dai pattern liberty alle divise di militari e scolaretti, dai completi formali per gentlemen ai guantini e alle scarpette per signora.

La cosa ancora più interessante è che per ogni immagine, in aggiunta a tutte le informazioni bibliografiche, c’è anche il link per scaricare in PDF i libri (interi) da cui sono tratte e quello per andare a vedere tutte le altre immagini tratte dal volume, innescando così un percorso dentro all’archivio che rischia (ma è un gran bel rischio) di portarti via ore a curiosare.

da The Fashionable Lover, Richard Cumberland, 1774
da The Fashionable Lover, Richard Cumberland, 1774
da The Fashionable Lover, Richard Cumberland, 1774
da The Fashionable Lover, Richard Cumberland, 1774
da Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden ... The second edition, with forty-one plates, Sir Robert Ker Porter, 1813
da Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden … The second edition, with forty-one plates, Sir Robert Ker Porter, 1813
da Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden ... The second edition, with forty-one plates, Sir Robert Ker Porter, 1813
da Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden … The second edition, with forty-one plates, Sir Robert Ker Porter, 1813
da Die Völker des Erdballs nach ihrer Abstammung und Verwandtschaft, und ihren Eigenthümlichkeiten in Regierungsform, Religion, Sitte und Tracht ... Mit ... colorirten Abbildungen, Heinrich Carl Wilhelm Berghaus, 1845
da Die Völker des Erdballs nach ihrer Abstammung und Verwandtschaft, und ihren Eigenthümlichkeiten in Regierungsform, Religion, Sitte und Tracht … Mit … colorirten Abbildungen, Heinrich Carl Wilhelm Berghaus, 1845
da Die Völker des Erdballs nach ihrer Abstammung und Verwandtschaft, und ihren Eigenthümlichkeiten in Regierungsform, Religion, Sitte und Tracht ... Mit ... colorirten Abbildungen, Heinrich Carl Wilhelm Berghaus, 1845
da Die Völker des Erdballs nach ihrer Abstammung und Verwandtschaft, und ihren Eigenthümlichkeiten in Regierungsform, Religion, Sitte und Tracht … Mit … colorirten Abbildungen, Heinrich Carl Wilhelm Berghaus, 1845
da 'A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da ‘A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da 'A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da ‘A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da 'A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da ‘A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden. Set forth in verses & coloured designs, Walter Crane, 1899
da London (illustrated). A complete guide to the leading hotels, places of amusement ... Also a directory ... of first-class reliable houses in the various branches of trade, 1872
da London (illustrated). A complete guide to the leading hotels, places of amusement … Also a directory … of first-class reliable houses in the various branches of trade, 1872
da London (illustrated). A complete guide to the leading hotels, places of amusement ... Also a directory ... of first-class reliable houses in the various branches of trade, 1872
da London (illustrated). A complete guide to the leading hotels, places of amusement … Also a directory … of first-class reliable houses in the various branches of trade, 1872
da Cook's Handbook for London. With two maps, Thomas Cook and Son, 1894
da Cook’s Handbook for London. With two maps, Thomas Cook and Son, 1894
da Paul Clifford, Single Novels, Lord Edward George Earle Lytton, 1883
da Paul Clifford, Single Novels, Lord Edward George Earle Lytton, 1883
da An analysis of Country Dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, etc., 1811
da An analysis of Country Dancing: wherein are displayed all the figures ever used in country dances, etc., 1811
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