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This wonderful 1901 First Edition antique book is entitled "The Woman Beautiful or Maidenhood, Marriage, and Maternity", by Monfort B. Allen, M.D. and Amelia C. McGregor, M.D.
The title page touts: "Containing Full Information on All the Marvelous and Complex Matters Pertaining to Women Including: Creative Science; Bearing, Nursing, and Raising Children; Hereditary Descent; Hints on Courtship and Marriage ; Promoting health and beauty, vigor, of mind and body, etc., etc., together with the diseases peculiar to the female sex their causes, symptoms and treatment, the whole forming a complete medical guide for women."
Books such as this one were often the only source of information to Victorians, especially so if you lived in a rural area. It contains many illustration plates, both Phototype and Wood Engravings with 30 photos and approximately 47 diagrams. The presentation page is blank and has a lovely floral display, couched in black ink and a light blue background. The chapters on Beauty are quite interesting as they cover cosmetics, hair, corsets, the body shape, and homemade recipes for them. The Contents are listed below, but here are some excerpts from the text:
WHY PERSONAL CHARMS DECAY:
The body must be properly nourished and its heat maintained by appropriate food; it must be properly clothed to meet the vicissitudes of climate, situation, weather, and individual constitution; it must be freely exposed the influence of light, air, warmth, and the like, and it must be kept clean, and enjoy regularity and sufficiency of exercise, sleep, and all the habits necessary to mere animal as well as polished life, for the full exercise of its numerous delicate functions, and the possession of perfect health. Without these matters are attended to, the health will fail, and no effort of dressing, no toilet, however complicated and laborious, no subtle cosmetics will be capable of preserving the personal charms from certain and rapid decay...A certain sign of disease or disordered health is to be found in the derangement of the pulse.
SOFT WATER AND GOOD SOAP:
For ordinary bathing to produce its best effects, the water should be soft and pure, and a little good soap sparingly but regularly employed whenever the state of the skin requires it. After leaving the ordinary bath, a tepid, or even a cold shower-bath maybe taken with advantage. By employing distilled water for the latter, either along or combined with a little rose-water (eau de rose), or orange-flower water, the luxury and effectiveness of the bath is increased. The addition of three or four ounces of glycerine to this water further improves it, and causes it to impart to the skin a delicacy, and a delightful sensation of softness, obtainable by no other means. The opinion of the warm bath is relaxing, which we sometimes hear expressed by those who are practically unacquainted with its use, is erroneous. It is only so when persons remain in it too long, or take it too often. As a rule, fifteen to twenty minutes is a sufficiently long space of time to indulge in it; and the best part of the day is either immediately before retiring to rest, or before dressing in the morning. Neither this nor any other bath should be taken on a full stomach, nor soon after a meal.
SOMETHING CONCERNING COSMETICS:
The daily use of the flesh-brush, or the flesh-glove, for those parts of the body covered with clothing, independent upon theraputic action peculiar to itself, is probably the most healthful, effective and ready substitute for the entire bath that can be employed under many of the circumstances by which we are frequently surrounded. Occasional personal ablution, or the use of the sponge-bath, after it, greatly increases its good effects.
BALDNESS--ELECTRICITY AND OTHER REMEDIES:
...is essentially that of stimulation or excitation of the scalp. As a mechanical aid in furtherance of other treatment, the use of a nightcap to contrived to to contract and lift, as it were, the relaxed scalp into its former dimensions and position, without injurious pressure on the head, may also be employed...Among active remedies for baldness, of less common use, may be mentioned mild streaming electricity, warm, stimulation fomentations and fumigations, cotton oil, iodurred and phosphuretted oils and lotions.
BRILLIANCY OF EYES:
...Some fashionable ladies and actresses, to enhance the clearness and brilliancy of their eyes before appearing in public, are in the habit of exposing them to air slightly impregnated with the vapor of prussic acid. This is done by placing a single drop of the dilute acid at the bottom of an eyeglass, and then holding the cup or glass against the eye for a few seconds, with the head in an inclined position. It has also been asserted that certain ladies rub a very small quantity of belladonna ointment on the brow over each eye, or moisten the same part with a few drops of tincture of belladonna. This produces dilation of the pupil, and gives a peculiar fullness and an expression of languor to the eyes, which, by some, are regarded as exceedingly fascinating.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE CLEANING OF TEETH:
Recently burnt charcoal, in very fine powder, is another popular and excellent tooth powder which, without injuring the enamel, is sufficiently gritty to clean the teeth and remove tartar from them, and possesses the advantage of also removing the offensive odor arising from rotten teeth, and from decomposing organic matter.
THE PARASOL AS PROTECTION AGAINST HEAT AND COLD:
The parasol must be regarded as a kind of hat. We not for a moment advocate the use of this incumbrance. But its adoption is very general, and it may be fairly be considered as affording a covering for the head. The thickness of the hair and the excellent blood supply of the scalp afford substantial protection against cold, but against solar heat the civilized female requires artificial aid.
MAKING MATCHES AND HUNTING HUSBANDS:
A woman is never so charming as in utter unconsciousness of charm--never so attractive as when she has no thought of attracting. An evident flirtation with any one is a rudeness to all the rest of the company. Special attentions are in bad taste, and sure to offend...a woman's sphere is to cheer, refind, to beautify, and to bless...Her dress, her air, her sweet engaging manner, the few well-chosen words of genial politeness, the melody of her voice, the kind glances of her pure and tender eyes, the gentle pressure of her soft hand, all thrill in pleasant memories.
HOW TO ESCAPE A BORE:
And if a man is tiresome, or becomes so by talking to much, the best way to escape is by a compliment. Thank him for the pleasure he has given, and do not deprive others of the benefit of listening to his instructive remarks.
Many more extensive social intercourse instructive comments are included within, this book is just chock full of amazing Victorian etiquette!
The comprehensive Contents include:
Part I - Love And Marriage
Chapter I - The Qualifications For Married Life Love, the Source of Happiness or Misery - Woman's Place In Mohammed's Paradise - Marriage an Ordinance of Heaven - Parents Stamp Their Characteristics on their Children - Nature's Time For Marrying - Well Developed Mind and Body - Evil Habits - Self-Government and Discipline - Industry and Thrift - Young Ladies and the Fashions - Domestic Duties - Value of Self-Reliance - Lamentable Ignorance -Hereditary Influence - Marriage Means Parentage - Lawful Pride in Fine Offspring
Chapter II - Advice To The Unmarried Marrying To Please Others - Stigma of "Old Maid," or "Old Bachelor" - Sound Judgment Needed - "Petticoat Government" - Both Parties Should Do the Courting - Flirting as a Pastime - Fashion and Domestic Duties - How Romance Disappears - Dram-Drinking Husbands - Marrying for Money - Long Courtships - Temperaments that are Too much Alike - Like Parents, Like Children - Prowling Fortune-Hunters - Marrying Out of Your Natural Sphere - Evils of Coquetery - Defective Education - Exciting Unhealthy Passions - Harmonious Development of the Whole Woman
Chapter III - Like Begets Like Effects of Hereditary Disease - Mental or Nervous Organization - Living Too Fast - Bilious Temperament - Course Muscles - Sluggish Brains - The Mental Dwarfed by the Physical - Well Balanced People - Perverted Passions - Violation of Physical Laws - Society in Upheaval - Young Ladies and Their Associates - Parental Responsibility - Transmitting Disease and Death - Sins of Parents Visited on Their Children - Perfecting the Race - The Characteristics of the Child Determined by the Parents
Chapter IV - Love And Parentage Courtship The Mere Alphabet of Love - Glory of the Wife and Mother - Sharing Common Joys and Sorrows - Idolized Children - Perfect Love and Confidence in Marriage - Animal Love and Moral Excellence - Wedlock's Sacred Bonds - Physical and Mental Sexuality - Development of Female Charms - Blushing Maids - No Necessity for Female Beauty to Decline - Decay of Health - Household Drudgery - Bad Diet and Habits - Diminution of Affection in Marriage - Uncongenial Mates - Dying Before Your Time
Chapter V - Important Truths For The Newly Married Self-Improvement - Promoting Happiness - Conjugal Attentions - Cultivating Love - Remedy for Discords - Consecration, Each to the Other - Love's Little Indulgences - Wives and Money - Expressing Affection - Love no Longer Mentioned - Billing and Cooing - Manly Husbands - Devoted Wives - Animal Passion - First Great Business - Cold Indifference - Reasons of Infidelity - Highest Human Duty - Contentment Better than Dollars - Paralysis of the Affections - Starved Hearts
Part II - The Human Pelvis And Organs Of Generation
Chapter VI - Structure Of The Pelvis Meaning of the Term pelvis - Natural Form and Dimensions - The Brim - The Cavity - Position in Regard to the Trunk of the Body - How the Womb is Supported - Separation of Bones During Childbirth - Loosening of Ligaments - Male and Female Pelvis Compared - Bones of the Male Harder Than in the Female - Deformities of the Pelvis - How Distortions are Produced
Chapter VII - Genital Organs Of The Female The Mons Veneris - The Lab..i..a, or Lips - The Vul...va - The Cli...tor..is - The Nymphae - Vag...i...na (herein called the "Va-jay-jay"), or Canal Extending to the Uterus - The Sphincter - The Hymen and its Situation - Uterus, or Womb - Fallopian Tubes - Mouth of the Uterus - Internal Cavity - Mucous Membrane - Arteries, Veins and Nerves - The Ligaments - Structure of the Ovaries - Ovasacs, or Graafian Vesicles - Vesicles in the Foetus - Nerves of the Ovaries
Chapter VIII - Menstruation A Subject of Great Importance - Girl and Woman - Evils of Too Early Marriage - Feeble Parents and Feeble Children - Duration of Monthly Period - Period of Puberty - Very Young Mothers - Close of the Menstrual Function - Some Remarkable Facts - Nature of the Menstrual Discharge - Suppressed by Pregnancy - Effects of Nursing - An Evil Practice - Poverty of Blood - Regularity Important - Effects of Dissipation - "Change of Life" - Profuse Discharge - Nervous Symptoms - Flushes of Heat - Bleeding at the Nose - Hysteria - The Blessing of Health
Chapter IX - Conception The Seminal Animalcule - Body and Soul - Birth and Genius Children of all Races Resemble their Parents - Each Parent an Agent - Testes and Ovaries - Zoosperms or Spermatozoa - How Impregnation Takes Place - Vast Numbers of Zoosperms - Egg of the Fowl - Most Favorable Period for Conception - How the Generative Act Should be Performed - When Impregnation is Not Likely to Take Place - Limiting the Number of Children - Prevention of Conception
Chapter X - Pregnancy Cessation of Menses - Morning Sickness - Pains in the Breast - Quickening - Fluttering Motions - Flatulence - Increase in Size - Emaciation - Heartburn - Morbid Longings - Excitability of Mind - Suitable Clothing - Ablutions - Air and Exercise 0 Evils of Indolence - Ventilation and Drainage - Horrid Odors - Disinfectants - Pain a Warning - Hotbeds of Disease - Pure Water - Benefits of Rest - What to Eat - Spices and Condiments - Abuse of Stimulants - Restlessness and Sleep
Chapter XI - The Human Ovum, Or Egg Birth of Plants - How Animalcules are Formed - Amazing Number of Eggs in Fishes - Spontaneous Generation a Myth - Ovaries of the Human Female - Seminal Fluid of the Male - Reception of the Ovum by the Uterus - The Germinal Centre - Anatomy of the Testes - Evolution of Spermatozoa Result of Impregnation - "The Turn of Life" - Remarkable Changes at Puberty - Woman's Organization Finer than that of Man - Peculiarities and Mission of Woman
Chapter XII - Embryology, or Development of the Foetus Order of Growth - Vital Point of the Egg - Ovum Protected by Membranes - Resemblance to the Egg of the Fowl - Rapid Changes of the Germ - Sizes of the Ovum at Different Periods - Formation of Bone and Muscle - Growth of the Vital Organs - How The Embryo is Nourished - Birth of More than One Child - Second Conception - Period of Gestation - Pregnancy Table - Number of Days to be Reckoned - From What to Date the Count - Mistakes in Reckoning - The Sec of the Child - Proportion of Boys to Girls
Chapter XIII - Parturition, or Labor First Symptoms of Labor - "Grinding Pains" - Shivering Sensations - Stomach Sickness - Bearing Down and Cramps - Labor a Natural Process - Forced Assistance Dangerous - Uses of Instruments - Average Time of Labor - The After-Pains - Three Stages of Labor - Directions to Nurses - Position of the Patient - Costiveness - Use of Chloroform - What If the Doctor is Absent? - Stillbirths, and How to Treat Them - The Afterbirth - Clothing After Labor - Rest and Refreshment - Bandaging - The Sick-room - Attention to the Bladder - Treatment for the Bowels - Ignorant Nurses - Quietude and Employment
Chapter XIV - Miscarriage The Young Wife - Miscarriage Can Generally be Prevented - Necessity of Judicious Advice - Penalties of Ignorance - Causes of Premature Labor - Violence of Every Kind to be Avoided - Threatening Symptoms - Decided Symptoms - Two Stages - Time of Greatest Danger - Flooding Treatment for Miscarriage - Great Care Required - Sponge and Shower-baths - Separate Sleeping Apartments - Healthful Exercise
Chapter XV - Lactation, or Nursing Maternal Cares and Duties - Nursing a Pleasure to the True Mother - Nursing Natural and Healthy - Best Food for the Child - Ailments of the Breasts - Milk-Fever - Gatherings - Care of the Nipples - Outward Applications - Stated Times for Nursing - Danger of Overfeeding - Clothing for the Mother - What the Nursing Mother Should Eat - How Food and Drink Affect the Mother - Variety of Diet Recommended - Fits of Depression - Evils of Alcoholic Drinks - Benefits of Exercise - An Amiable Temper - Keeping Mind and Hands Occupied - Work a Great Panacea - The Menses During Nursing
Chapter XVI - Weaning The Child Best Time for Weaning - Effects of Prolonged Nursing - The Mother's Health to be Considered - Knock-kneed and Rickety Children - Weaning Gradually - Applications for the Nipples - Aloes and Wormwood - Drying up the Milk - Preparations for Reducing Full Breasts - Symptoms Denoting the Necessity of Weaning - Delicate Mothers - Return of the Menses - Wet-Nurses - Inflammation and How to Treat It - Infectious Diseases - Stimulants to be Avoided
Chapter XVII - Ailments Of The Mamme, Or Breasts Small Nipples - Bad Effects of Pressure on the Breasts - Nipple-Shields, and How to Use Them - Best Applications - Cracked Nipples - Poor Supply of Milk - Applying Friction to the Breasts - Gatherings, and How Treated - Correct Position in Nursing - Sources of Inflammation - Sucking an Empty Breast - Permanent Injuries - Shivering Fits - Fainting Spells - Mother Not Strong Enough for the Child - Aperients During Nursing - Virtues of Brown Bread - Practice of Eating Honey Honey and Fruit James - Use of Tea and Coffee - Evils of Constantly Dosing with Medicine
Chapter XVIII - Diseases Peculiar To Women Chlorosis, or Green Sickness - Symptoms and Treatment - Suppression of the Menses - Promoting the General Health - Fresh Air and Exercise - Pleasant Recreation - Profuse Menstruation - Causes and Treatment - Proper Diet - Best Tonics - Leucorrhoea, or Whites - Indications of Inflammation - Baths and Injections - Location of the Disease - Falling of the Womb - How Caused - Remedies - Change of Life - Peculiarities of the Transition - Inflammation of the Breasts - Remedies to be Employed - Heartburn, Etc. - Constipation of Pregnancy - Toothache During Pregnancy - Varicose Veins - Urinary Difficulties - Secretion of Milk - Milk Fever - Puerperal Fever
Chapter XIX - Pregnancy External To The Womb A Rare Occurrence - How the Ovum is Nourished - Causes of Such Conception - Peculiarities of the Cases - Obscure Symptoms - General Treatment - Appearance of Inflammation - Bursting of the Cyst - Relief for Pain - Opiates and Cordials - Operation for Removal of Foetus - Successful Treatment of this Peculiar Form of Pregnancy
Part III - Care And Management Of Children
Chapter XX - Ablution And Clothing Every Child Should be Its Mother's Care - The Babe a "Well-Spring of Pleasure" - Directions for Bathing - Prevention of Colds - Skin Eruptions - Free Use of Water - Cleanliness and Health - Treatment for Chafings - Bad Effects of Soda in the Laundry - Proper Time for Bathing the Infant - The Flannel Apron - Clothing - Material for the Belly-band - Light Dressing - Warmth a First Requisite - Danger of Convulsions - How Clothes Should be Fastened - Keeping the Head Cool - Clothing for Winter
Chapter XXI - Diet For The Infant Away with Gruel - When the Tongue is Tied - First Food for the Infant - Both Breasts to be Drawn Alike - Too Frequent Nursing - Artificial Food - A Simple Preparation - Foods of Various Kinds - Baked Flour - Bread Crumbs - Oatmeal - Pulp of Rice - Foods Containing Starch - Arrow-root - New Milk - When to Give Farinaceous Food - How Digestion is Aided - Salt and Sugar - Weak Mothers - No Real Substitute for Mother's Milk - Nursing and the Mother's Health - Care of the Feeding-bottle - Flatulence - Time for Weaning - Gin and Peppermint - Diet Versus Physic
Chapter XXII - Teething Infants Sometimes Born with Teeth - Proper Time for Teething to Commence - Length of Time in Cutting - Lancing the Gums - Mode of Operation - Infantile Convulsions - Gums Injured by Various Substances - Rubber and Leather Rings - Sucking the Thumb - Diet of Fruit - Ailments During Teething - Painful Dentition - Mild Form - Treatment Recommended - The Tepid Bath 0 Relaxed Bowels - The "Tooth-cough" - Disastrous Effects of Opiates - Laudanum and Paregoric - Swollen Gums - Pain and Inflammation - Skin Blotches - Second Teeth - Parental Neglect
Chapter XXIII Diseases Of Children Inflammation of the Eyes - Hiccough and its Treatment - Snuffles, or Colds in the Head - Remedies for Cold - Colic, and What to Do for It - Rules for Diet - Indigestion and Vomiting - Flatulence - Milk-crust, or Scabs - Thrush, and How to Overcome It - Costiveness - Diarrhea - Cholera Infantum - A Dangerous Ailment - Full list of Remedies for Summer Complaint - Alarming Symptoms - Stupor and Convulsions - Standard Treatment - Asthma - Result of Cold - Importance of Prompt Relief - Vaccination - Transmission of Disease - Vaccination Should Be Repeated
Chapter XXIV - How To Prevent Disease Unhealthy Boys and Girls - The Overworked Brain - Tendency to Scrofula - Preventive Measures - Building Up the System - Girls Who Stoop - Curvature of the Spine - Treatment for Spinal Affections - Games of Sport for Young Ladies - Consumption - Blood-spitting - Causes and Remedies - Poor Diet - Treatment for Sore Throat - Evil Effects of Tobacco - Bleeding from the Nose - Fainting - Costiveness - Too Much Medicine - Appeal to American Mothers - Pimples on the Face - Gum-boils - How to Cure Corns - How to Destroy Warts - Delicate Young Ladies - Bodily Improvement among American Girls
Part IV - Female Beauty And Accomplishments
Chapter XXV - Personal Appearance A Subject of Universal Interest - Looking Only to Immediate Effect - How to Assist Nature - Fashionable Ignorance - Nostrums and Quack Cosmetics - Evening Dissipation - Exposure of Health - A Simple Toilet the Best - Harmful Dress - Barbarous Decorations - Conditions on which Personal Beauty Depends - Neglect of Mind and Body - Cleanliness - Temperance in All Things - Turning Night into Day - Abuse of Digestion - Sickly Paleness - How Female Loveliness is Lost - Delicate Women - Painted Simpletons - Derangement of the Pulse - Hygiene of the Greeks
Chapter XXVI - Bathing For Health And Beauty Beauty a Things to be Prized - Personal Cleanliness - Vast Influence of Soap and Water - Choked Perspiration - Secretions of Skin and Teeth - Contagious Poisons - Fruitful Sources of Ill-health - Impoverished Blood - The Tepid Bath - Ablutions Among Jews and Mohammedans - Dirt and Disease - Common Neglect of Bathing - Bath-houses in Europe - The Jolly Frenchman - Sea-bathing - Directions for Using the Warm Bath - Right Temperatures of the Water - Exercise and Beauty
Chapter XXVII - Beautiful Skin And Complexion A Garment of Surpassing Loveliness - Structure of the Skin - Pores for Perspiration - Absorbent Vessels - How to Beautify the Skin - Effect of Heat and Cold - Ablution - Anointing - Recipes for Skin Washes - Effect of Sunlight - Benefits of Friction - Flesh-gloves - Diseases of the Skin - Black Spots and Marks - Boils - Blueness and Discoloration - Dandruff - Pimples - Itch - Scaly Eruptions - Treatment for Skin Ailments - Freckles - Moles - Paleness - Roughness - Redness - Scurf and Scurvy - Pits from Small-pox - Wrinkles - Abrasions - Bruises - Burns and Scalds - Cuts and Incised Wounds - Excoriations - Frost-bites - Scars
Chapter XXVIII - The Hair, And How To Arrange It An Unrivaled Ornament - Hair of the Orientals - Premature Decay - Effect of Mental Emotions - Physical Structure - Hail-bulbs and Tubes - Chemical Constitution - Biography of a Hair - Necessity of General Health - Best Management - Use of Comb and Brush - Curl-papers - Crisping-tongs - Friction - Two Methods of Dressing - Objections to Artificial Styles - Cleansing the Scalp - Natural Arrangement of the Hair - Cutting and Clipping - A Dirty Habit - Luxuriant Growth - Curliness and Waviness - Fixing the Hair in Position
Chapter XXIX - Restoration Of The Hair Early Decay - Cold Water and Friction - Stimulating Applications - Restoring the Health of the Scalp - Baldness - The Hair Affected by Old Age - Other Causes - Thick Hair - Frequent, Close Cutting - Spanish Flies or Cantharides - Oils and Pomades - Electricity - Diet and Regular Habits - Tonics - Gray Hairs, and How to Treat Them - Morbid Dryness of the Hair - Use of Glycerine - Matting and Felting - Excessive Scurfiness - Rosemary and Thyme - Caution Against Quack Remedies - How Superfluous Hairs are Destroyed - Cleansing the Partings - Borax and Ammonia
Chapter XXX - Beauty Of Face And Features Harmony and Right Proportion - The Forehead - Skin Eruptions - The Eyes - Most Expressive Feature - How to Treat the Eyes - Belladonna - Dimness of Age - Remedies for Discoloration - Effects of Dust and Dirt - Eyelashes and Eyebrows - The Nose - How to Mould and Beautify the Nose - Human Mouth and Lips - Chapped Lips - The Teeth - What Injures the Teeth - Tooth-powders and Use of the Brush - Use of Charcoal - The Ears - Wearing - Chin and Throat - Neck of Beauty
Part V - Politeness Or Woman In Society
Chapter XXXI - Tasteful And Becoming Dress Every Lady Should Pay Attention to Dress - Fitness - Subordinate to the Person - Suited to Different Seasons - Graceful Curves - Hints on Colors - Variety in Costume - Dressing the Hair - The Parasol - Bonnets - "Nut-brown Maids" - Use of Veils - Dress for the Neck - Sore Throats - Sudden Changes of Covering - Wearing Ornaments - Vulgarity of Too Much Jewelry
Chapter XXXII - Deportment And Manners Importance of Good Behavior - Beauty Marred by Lack of Grace - Carriage of the Body Reveals Character - Absence of Affectation - Self-possession - A Graceful Walk - The Soldier's Drill - Avoiding Offensive Habits - Disorderly Costume - Coarse Eating and Drinking - Disagreeable Noises - Love to Others - Promoting Universal Happiness - Selfishness - Right of Privacy - Casual AcquaintancesHaughtiness and Pride - Anger - Rudeness - Cheerful Demeanor - Drones and Workers - Empty Ornaments - Keeping Engagement - Diffusing Good Cheer
Chapter XXXIII - The Social Queen Qualifications for Good Society - Value of Birth and Breeding - Honor to Ladies - Mistress of the House - Introductions - Salutations - Rudeness to Others - Polite Attentions - The Sexes Should Together - Variety of Ages - Perfect Equality - The Industrious Woman - Agreeable Companions - Taste and Refinement - Woman's Mission to Adorn - Rules of Etiquette - Simplicity in Behavior - Little Observances - Receptions - Making Calls - Use of Cards - Taking Leave of the Host - Punctuality - "Doing in Rome as Romans Do"
Chapter XXXIV - The Art Of Conversing Well Value of Good Talk - Conversation of Animals - All Can Have Something to Say - The Good Listener - Guiding Conversation - Regard to Rights and Opinions of Others - Making Others Talk - Topics that are of Mutual Interest - Wit and Humor - Anecdotes - Talk at Table - Sense and Knowledge - Prosy People - Hobbies - Slang - Egotism and Boasting - Pet Phrases - Long-winded Talkers - Impolite Questions - Giving Attention - Avoiding Discussions - Paying Compliments - Moral Character
Chapter XXXV - Miscellaneous Rules of Etiquette Rights of the Sidewalk - Meeting on the Street - Washington's Politeness - The Veil - Street Recognition - Behavior in Church - Punctuality - Reverent Demeanor - The Tardy - The Talkative and Restless - Expressing Approval - How to Treat "Company" - Gallantry - Politeness at Home - The Hoiden - The Prude - Indoor Recreations - Undue Familiarity - Courtesy to Strangers - Formal Calls - Social Visits and Entertainments - Simpering and Frivolity.
There are so many illustrations, it's hard to list them all! It is just chock full of all things Victorian, quirky and informative, endearing and useful. This hardbound, brown, cloth-covered book has a lady cartouche on the cover, blindstamped with gilt embellishment. Even the spine is decorated. It measures large at aprox 7 x 9 1/8 inches, 511 pages, marbled page edges. It is in VG condition, with clean pages, and no unsightly blemishes. The inside pages have a nice patina, with just a bit of wear to the contents pages. The hinge papers have cracked a little but are holding very well, as is the usual for a book of this age, and the text block is tight and also holding well. Cover boards and spine have the usual wear, and the cover has a couple small scuffs, not detracting, but mentioned for accuracy.. It is an amazing reference piece of Americana, especially so from the woman's point of view with regard to her physiology and psyche.
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