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"Ladies Book of Etiquette
Fashion and Manual of Politeness"

by Florence Hartley

 

FIRST PRINTED IN 1860 -
WITH MODERN GLOSSARY  [353 pp.]

 

Written by the author of Ladies Handbook of Fancy and Ornamental Work. This book of Victorian/ Civil War Era etiquette was first printed in 1860 and remained popular in reprint for several decades. The author wrote for "Everywoman," the lady of the newly emerging upper middle class, not for those who would "ape" the manners and lifestyle of the extremely wealthy few. This is the BEST Victorian/Civil War book on the subject. The exact promotional statement for the book follows as originally written:

 

"A complete hand book for the lady in polite society, containing full directions for correct manners, dress, department and conversation; rules for the duties of both hostess and guest in morning receptions, dinner companies, visiting, evening parties and balls; a complete guide for letter writing and cards of compliment; hints on managing servants, on the preservation of health, and on accomplishments. And also useful receipts for the complexion, hair, and with hints and directions for the care of the wardrobe."

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