> Dover reprints interesting things which are out of copyright, so the
> research and scholarship (if any) is going to be at least 60 (or is
> 70?) years out of date at a minimum.
Not true. They also reprinted the brilliant Fashion and Reality as
Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: a Photographic survey. It is
absolutely wonderful for Victorian era clothing. She even helps
refute the myth that all women tightlaced.
So don't lump all Dover books into one basket. Some are actually very
valuable. They also reprinted fashion plates, and catalogues.
They reprint works that are not picked up by more expensive
publishers essentially. And frankly a lot of costuming books come
under that heading.
I'm sure the Trachtenbuch is published by them, which is reprints of
actual 16thC art. Is Vicello's work also reprinted by them?
You just need to always keep your brain set to "question" for any
book or art. Experts can occasionally be wrong. And have a nice braod
base of research to draw on, to compare and see if something was
possible, probable or proved;)
And remember if it is proved, it's not necessarily the norm.
Isn't research fun?
Wyllemyne van Nymegen