To The New Edition

During the thirteen years this little work has been before the public, the spirit of Archaeology has made rapid progress in the world of Art, and the example set by the highest personage in the realm, on two recent occasions of Royal Festivity, has had an equally beneficial effect in the world of Fashion. The value of some correct ideas on the subject of Ancient Costume, has no longer to be pointed out either to the professional student or the general reader. The utility of such a knowledge in verifying dates, detecting imposition, illustrating history, and adding effect to decoration, is now universally admitted; and therefore, on presenting this new edition of " The History op British Costume " to the public, the author has merely to state that it has undergone thorough revision and correction, that he has supplied many deficiencies, incorporated the most important dis-

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