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Lady of distinction, active 19th century

The mirror of the graces, or, The English lady's costume : combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity, and economy with fashion in dress : and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, form, and complexions : to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life : with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners : the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body : offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness : the whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety / by a Lady of distinction ; who has witnessed and attentively studied what is esteemed truly graceful and elegant amongst the most refined nations of Europe.

Additional Title(s):

Mirror of the graces

English lady's costume

New-York : Published by I. Riley, No. 4, City-Hotel : L. Deare, Print. N. Brunswick, 1815.
Physical Description:
xii, 240 pages, 4 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 15 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GT737 .L33 1815
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Engravings by William Satchwell Leney.
Plate no. 3 bound in as frontispiece. Plates dated 1813.
Signatures: a⁶ A-I⁶ L-U⁶ W⁶.
Shaw, R.R. American bibliography, 35286
"Directions to the binder to place the places."--Title page verso.
"Description of the plates."--Page [v]-ix.
"Recipes."--Page [223]-235.
BEIN UTT507 M57: Upper margin of t.p. mutilated.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in publisher's original printed tan boards. The imprint on the front cover is dated 1813.
Subject Terms:
Beauty, Personal.
Clothing and dress -- Great Britain.
Costume -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Etiquette -- Great Britain.
Fashion -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Women -- Conduct of life.
Women -- Health and hygiene.
Engravings -- Hand-colored -- 1815.
Leney, William Satchwell, 1769-1831, engraver.
Riley, Isaac, 1770-1824, publisher.
Deare, Lewis, 1780?-1817, printer.

  • Plates: Evening dress
  • Morning or domesic dresses
  • Carriage or promenade dresses
  • Opera or full dresses.

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