The Diverse Nations Habilimented

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Above, the title page for the first edition of Pietro Bertelli’s Diversarum nationum habitus (Padua, 1589), a sixteenth-century Italian costume book. The work was published with fold-out procession scenes and over a hundred engravings of paired figures, usually divided by region or social hierarchy.
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Some of the engravings were issued with moveable flaps, as in the example below of the Venetian courtesan.
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Beinecke call number: 2001 765. Further images from Bertelli can be found in the Beinecke’s Digital Images collection, with a search for Bertelli or by call number.

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