1850 · New York
A complete guide for ladies and gentlemen, particularly those who have not enjoyed the advantages of fashionable life. Containing directions for giving and attending parties, balls, weddings, dinners, etc., including the necessary preparations and arrangements for the marriage ceremony." This is an early edition, following the first of 1845; the introduction notes that the unidentified author searched in vain in "the greatest city of America" for a simple manual instructing youths of "this free land" in how to acquire polished manners.
Β Β Β Β The volume opens with => a hand-colored frontispiece of a young couple gazing adoringly into each other's eyes. The Art of Letter Writing has a separate title-page and its own frontispiece, but is paginated continuously with the first work; this section offers an entertaining variety of "sample" love letters back and forth, with commentary on proper wooing behavior for men and women. Publisher's printed paper-covered boards; moderately rubbed overall, spine darkened with extremities chipped, sides with spots of discoloration. Front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription of Sarah A. S[?]d; back fly-leaf with pencilled numerals and back free endpaper with pencilled doodle. Moderate foxing throughout; one letter in second section with pencilled corrections. Nice example of this genre of aspirational conduct guide. (Inventory #: 36705)