Fancy Dresses Described; Or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls - Arden Holt 1882 - Debenham & Freebody, London - Third and Greatly Enlarged Edition ‘But, what are we to wear?’

A charming, comprehensive guide to late 19
th century fancy dress, with detailed descriptions of countless costume ideas, from the abstract, such as ‘Air’, ‘Sleep’, and ‘Five O’clock Tea’ to the more specific like ‘Marie Antoinette’, ‘Gipsy’ and ‘Joan of Arc’, and featuring sixteen wonderful colour plates as well as numerous in-text illustrations.
  Ardern Holt’s book for women, Fancy Dresses Described, was published in six editions between 1879 and 1896, along with a companion work, Gentlemen’s Fancy Dress: How To Choose It. Holt also wrote frequently for British society magazine The Queen, providing numerous reports of recent British events and fancy-dress recommendations.

References: Palmer,
Fashion: A Canadian Perspective 2004. ‘Public Doman Review’, Open Knowledge Foundation web.
pp. [2] iv 168 [2-advertisements]
  Condition: Very good, binding loose, wear to boards, gilt lettering to spine rubbed, previous owner name to front free endpaper and title page, scattered foxing.   Ref: 107193   Price: HK$ 1,200