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UWINS, Thomas.
The Costume of the Officers and Members of the University of Oxford.

The plates contained in this work are both elegant and evocative of Regency style and ideals. The depiction of the academic dress was then more nuanced by position and status.

London: R. Ackermann, 1815.
Not in Tooley or Abbey. Bobins II 730.
London: R. Ackermann, 1815.

A scarce work, according to Bobins. 4to. Boards scuffed and worn, gilt to spine is faded; illustrated with 17 color engravings from original drawings by Uwins, prefixed a brief account of the members and officers of that University. Black & white frontispiece; 17 hand-coloured plates bound in 3/4 red morocco over marbled paper-covered boards; red morocco label to top boards; spine appears to have been crudely repaired; colored marbled endpapers; two previous owner's bookplates ('A. Bernard C.K. Keeves' & 'Robert Chambre Vaughan Esq') light off-setting from plates finger smudges to outer margins, however, a good copy none the less. Coloured plates in order: 1. Doctor in Divinity. 2. Doctor in Divinity in Convocation. 3. Doctor in Physic. Full Dress. 4. Doctor in Physic. 5. Batchelor of Law. 6. Doctor in Music. 7. Master of Arts. 8. Batchelor of Arts. 9. Nobleman. 10. Gentleman Commoner. 11. Commoner. 12. Studen in Civil Law. 13. Scholar. 14. Proctor. 15. Gentleman Commoner & Nobleman (Undress Gowns) / Pro Proctor. 16. Servitor / Batchelor of Divinity / Collector. 17. Vice-Chancellor / Esquire Beadle / Yeoman Beadle / Verger.