Thomas Lord Busby’s illustrated “Costume of the Lower Orders of the Metropolis” is a collection of prints depicting the attire worn by individuals from various social classes in London during the early 19th century. Britannic Auctions sold this 1822 copy for $1,400 at auction.
Compiled by Thomas Lord Busby, these prints offer a visual representation of the clothing and costumes of itinerant sellers, laborers, and other members of the lower social orders. The collection provides insights into the daily life and fashion of different segments of society in metropolitan London during that period.
Full Red Morocco Bindings
Housed in handsome, full red Morocco bindings, the hand-colored plates depict various outfits from different social strata. Morocco leather is a high-quality type of goatskin leather known for its smooth texture, durability, and rich color. A full Morocco binding indicates that the entire exterior of the book is covered in this luxurious material, providing both aesthetic appeal and protection for the contents inside.
Published to accompany Samuel Leigh’s “New Picture of London,” Busby’s hand-colored plates were also sold individually according to Beall. “New Picture of London” was a publication that provided a comprehensive and detailed overview of the city of London during the early 19th century.
Additionally, a bookplate belonging to Mario Serandrei, possibly the Italian film editor and screenwriter, adds to the item’s history.
Thomas Lord Busby
Thomas Lord Busby (1755-1838) was an English artist and illustrator active during the early 19th century. He is best known for his work depicting scenes of everyday life in London, particularly focusing on the attire and customs of various social classes. Busby’s illustrations often provided detailed and accurate portrayals of the clothing and costumes worn by individuals from different walks of life.