New York: Harper and Brothers, 1943. First Edition. Quarto (25cm); buff publisher's cloth in white/violet striped dustwrapper; viii,409pp. Dustwrapper toned with mild soiling, extremities creased and chipped, with some short tears and slight loss of material (esp. to spine heel/crown); textblock edges lightly foxed; offsetting throughout "Color" chapter; printing defect on pages 162-163, bottom edge not fully cut. Else Very Good.
In this textbook, Burris-Meyer provides detailed commentary on not only What people wore throughout the ages, but How and Why; the author describes her chapters as "eight condensed books", covering styles and silhouettes, fashion fads and flops, cosmetics and hairstyles, colors and materials, and more, with blank pages following each chapter for notes. Notably, each page (recto) in the Color chapter includes five tipped-in color swatches. This compendium also offers (somewhat ironically?) an excellent contemporary perspective on fashion trends and limitatons during World War II; the book itself is printed on lower-quality "wartime" stock.