1847 · Boston
How to start and maintain civilized conversation in any context, from drawing rooms to business consultations to the theatre. This advice generally defaults towards young men with social aspirations, and includes much commentary regarding their appropriate behavior towards women both young and old; it is likewise specifically American, making reference to "our republican pride." This is the stated third edition — following just one year after the first — and opens with an => illuminated frontispiece: a stipple-engraved scene of young men and women conversing at a formal event, within a gilt-stamped cathedral frame, lithographed by W. Sharp & Co.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early pencilled inscriptions, one now partially obscured, of Lucy J. Smith, Moultonboro[ugh] NH, 1864.
American Imprints 46-322 (for first ed.). Publisher's green cloth, covers with blind-stamped bird and vine design, front cover with gilt-stamped mother and child vignette, spine with gilt-stamped title and foliate decorations; binding rubbed and dimmed. All edges gilt. Ex-library (properly deaccessioned): front pastedown with rubber-stamps and bookplate, back free endpaper with affixed bar code (lined through), back pastedown with bookplate. Inscriptions as above. Intermittent light to mild foxing. => A solid and engaging example of a popular subgenre of how-to books. (Inventory #: 38445)