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1 Kidd's Fashionable Library; or Mirror of Ton. Interspersed with Numerous Original Anecdotes of Popular Characters. Included are "The Book of Fashion", "The Book of Gentility", "The Book of Elegance", "The Book of Refinement", "The Lovers' Own Book", and "The Book of Courtship"
London W. Kidd Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Slader, S. and others, from the designs of Cruikshank, Seymour and Bonner 
Book. 16mo - over 5 - 6" tall. Undated, circa 1830. Xrare, with only two copies turning up on OCLC Worldcat. With frontis plate and woodcut illustrations, two per section (with title and as tail piece at end). 36, 47, 36, 49, 32, 54 pp. In essence, six smaller books or pamphlets bound together, although it appears that these may have been originally issued as a single volume. Actual authorship of each installment is not given, but pseudonymous authors are One of "The Exclusives", A Member of "The Beef-Steak Club", A Lover of Nature, One of the Cognescenti, Amator, and Amicus Juventutis, respectively, with two of the sections, such as the first, Book of Fashion, supposedly "A Digest of the Axioms of the Celebrated Joseph Brummell, Esq." As the titles suggest, this is a mostly tongue-in-cheek etiquette primer as well as a wry send-up of the manners, mores and customs of fashionable society in Regency England. Tight, with some minor wear to red morocco. Interior clean. An attractive copy of a very scarce work. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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2 Della Casa, M. Giovanni Il Galateo (Volgare e Latino) (Giuntovi il Trattato degli Uffizi comuni l'Orazione a Carlo V. L'Orazione alla Repubblica di Venezia, e le Rime
Venezia Simone Occhi 1750 Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 16mo - over 5 - 6" tall. 358 pp. Della Casa's sixteenth century manual on court etiquette rendered in both Italian and Latin. (It was published originally in Italian, and later translated by Nicolo Fierberto.) Gamba 285. Also included in this volume is Della Casa's treatise on how a subordinate should treat his superior in government and his "Rime" or verse. This copy is tight and generally clean. The title page has two pin-sized holes forming a colon after the title, with no loss of lettering or content, and a few of the preliminary pages after have minor corner creases in the lower corner. The vellum has a few brown stain spots in the lower front, yet the vellum remains healthy and attractive. Some bowing to the boards, as typical of vellum. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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3 Shephard, Catharine My Lady's Toilette
Philadelphia George W. Jacobs & Co. 1911 First Edition thus Hardcover and with box Very Good 
With 22 leaves of card stock, 20 of which contain an illustration which features a flap which when lifted reveal a word. A series of illustrations, designed and executed more than a century prior to 1911 by Catharine Shephard of Virginia and presented to her favorite neice, we are told on the title page. This is a reproduction of the "treasured heirloom" and a charming specimen of fin-de-siecle nostalgia for the Early Republic, the Georgian and Regency Eras. Bound together with a ribbon. Some light soilage on the covers, which are paper pasted onto boards. The ribbon is newer. With the box that the book came in, and this box is considerably soiled but as a box retains its integrity. Measures 14 by 13 cm, or 5.5 by 5.25 inches. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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