WITH CHARMING FRONTISPIECE
[ETIQUETTE] A MANUAL OF POLITENESS, COMPRISING THE PRINCIPLES OF ETIQUETTE, AND RULES OF BEHAVIOR IN GENTEEL SOCIETY, FOR PERSONS OF BOTH SEXES. Philadelphia: W. Marshall & Co., 1837. 288 pp. + engraved frontispiece and half-title. 12mo., green cloth stamped in gilt. This small book has a lovely frontispiece depicting an introduction of a young lady to a young man (".. My sister, Sir"). The plate, half-title and text are heavily foxed, but the binding is tight. Ink ownership on title page, small printed bookplate on front pastedown. Some passages of interest are the chapter on "American Peculiarities", a comparison of Englishmen and American men (by a Scotsman); chapters on Affectation and Awkwardness; and this on page 95, "Advantages of Female Conversation: Talk to women, talk to women as much as you can. This is the best school. This is the way to gain fluency, because you need not care what you say, and had better not be sensible. They, too, will rally you on many points, and as they are women, you will not be offended. Nothing is of so much importance, and of so much use, to a young man entering life, as to be well criticised by women..." There are many directions to women regarding Female Beauty and Dress of Ladies. In all, designed to be a guide for young people.