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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"
W. Kidd 0, London - Book. 16mo - over 5¾ - 6¾" 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. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB]
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