This is a book of colour drawings (done I think by Mr Peacock) of male and females dressed per every decade (and often partial decade) since Medieval times, with larger periods covered prior to that. It mostly describes the formal wear of the upper classes, although there are occasional representations of working people. It mostly covers Europe, with a few diversions here and there as information was forthcoming, I think. The book does not have essays on the changing costume, but is very good for pictorial reference without distractions.
Chronicle is a lovely word