Poole, 1st Eng., ed., 1980. Xii + 483 pp., illustrated with a wealth of ills. D.j., 25 x 18cm. FINE. Originally published in German in 1896, this was the first book to present the history of uniforms of all nations of Europe. Thoroughly revised and enlarged in 1937, it now includes the influence of World War I, the U.S. and the armies of South America and Asia and it is available here in English for the first time. It spans more than 200 years of military costume development – from the beginnings of standing armies to the eve of the Second World War. Of particular value is the large section devoted to the many (and often neglected) states of pre-unified Germany. This is the only reference of its kind, giving full descriptions of the development of uniforms in war and peace with over 1,600 illustrations.