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The Rudiments of Genteel Behavior
[?London]: [n.p.]. 1737. Quarto. Newly bound in fine dark tan poliished calf with decorative blindstamped borders, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt. 1f. (illustrated title engraved by L.P. Boitard) + 14ff. letterpress + 12 full-page plates (numbered "1-6" and "1-6") engraved by Louis- Philippe Boitard (active 1733-1770) after drawings by Bartholomew Dandridge (ca. 1691-1755). Six of the plates depict a female figure and 6 a male executing a "genteel" behavior, with descriptive text on a facing page. Of special interest are the 4 plates illustrating the dance, and the minuet in particular ("Dancing," "Giving a Hand in a Minuet," "Giving both Hands in a Minuet," "Dancing the Minuet"). Other plates and text of related interest include those illustrating "The Courtsie" and "The Bow." The remaining plates are entitled "To Give or Receive," "Walking," "Standing," "Walking and Saluting passing by," "The Complement Retiring," and "To Offer or Receive," and illustrate ideal deportment associated these activities. Title soiled, worn and lined; several tears professionally repaired, including to two plates; some, mostly minor, foxing; two plates with small stains and abrasions. Ex-libris Dr. Hugh Selbourne (1906-?), with his small circular stamp, "Selbourne Library," to verso of title. . First Edition. Derra de Moroda 1952c. Malkin: Dancing by the Book 81. Schwartz & Schlundt III-94. Sowell 51. "Attributed by Sowell to Francis Nivelon, a dancer and ballet-master in Paris in the late 1720s, and son of the pantomime Louis Nivelon. Francis Nivelon was also dancing-master (and a leading dancer) with John Rich's company at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre in London. He is said to have established a school at Stamford, Lincolnshire, in 1739, following his reirement from the theatre. Schwartz & Schlundt note that the exceptional detail in the engraved plates makes this book a valuable reference on carriage and etiquette." Malkin p. 144.
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