A Paris: Chez L. Conquet, 1881 & 1883. First edition thus (plates originally issued mid-1770s to early 1780s). Suite 1: "Tirage exceptionnel, à 20 collections des 3 [herein 6] états reunis … fait pour le compte de vingt souscripteurs. Collection de M.L. Dupont, No. 2", in an edition of 370 copies. Suites 2-3: An un-numbered copy containing six or more states of each plate, out of sequence in an edition of 490 copies, inscribed by the publisher, "à mon ami Louis Dupont, Bibliophile difficile et distingué, son copain L. Conquet". 3 volumes of engraved text and plates (guard sheets bear descriptive letterpress) printed on Japon. Suite 1, Freudeberg: (3), xxix, 24, (2) pages; frontispiece portrait, engraved title,12 plates, all in 6 states — Suites 2 & 3, Moreau, bound in 2 volumes: (2), xxiv, 104; frontispiece portrait, engraved title, 24 plates, all in 6 states. Additionally titled: "Première [Seconde, Troisième] suite d'Estampes pour servir à l'histoire des moeurs & du costume en France dans le dix huitième siècle." Bindings lightly rubbed, else near fine. Contemporary binding by V. Champs in three-quarter dark blue morocco, marbled boards and endpapers, flat spines with gilt titles, ornaments, and double fillets. (#7763). Item #60589
Le Monument du costume was written by the prolific novelist and author on many subjects Restif de La Bretonne (1734-1806), noted for his licentious accounts of French society before the Revolution and his works, many printed by his own hand, for their typography and illustrations. In this one, both text and plates were beautifully engraved, the plates by Sigmund Freudenberger (1745-1801) and Jean Michel Moreau (1741-1814). As the eighteenth century editions became rare, Le Monument appeared in a few more during the later nineteenth century. Conquet issued his in elegant limited editions, varying by the number of states included for each plate, all prepared by engraver Henri Dubouchet (1833-1909).