Hints on Etiquette: A Shield Against the Vulgar (The London Library #10) (Paperback)

Hints on Etiquette: A Shield Against the Vulgar (The London Library #10) By Lewis Carroll (Contributions by), Charles William Day (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll (Contributions by), Charles William Day (Contributions by)
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This is book number 10 in the The London Library series.


A book of dining, flirting, dancing and smoking, celebrating the 175th anniversary of The London Library.

With nineteenth-century fashions constantly changing, but the importance of the baffling social codes entirely rigid, a newly-prosperous and bewildered middle class was in dire need of careful guidance and advice. With the help of his mysterious lady friend, Charles William Day has a kind-hearted mission: "If these 'hints' save the blush upon one cheek, or smooth the path into 'society' of only one honest family, the object of the author will be attained." Here is a book which walks the hopeful reader through the finer details of dining, smoking, dancing, flirting, card-playing, walking and talking.

The books in "Found on the Shelves" have been chosen to give a fascinating insight into the treasures that can be found while browsing in The London Library. Now celebrating its 175th anniversary, with over seventeen miles of shelving and more than a million books, The London Library has become an unrivalled archive of the modes, manners and thoughts of each generation which has helped to form it.

From essays on dieting in the 1860s to instructions for gentlewomen on trout-fishing, from advice on the ill health caused by the "modern" craze of bicycling to travelogues from Norway, they are as readable and relevant today as they were more than a century ago.

About the Author

Charles William Day wrote etiquette writings under the pseudonym of 'Agogos'. Very little is known about him.

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was the writer of the 'Alice' books, as well as being an academic, mathemetician and fan of fair voting systems.

Praise For…

"An inspired idea...an innovative series." - Spectator

"A heavenly little series." - Observer's Best Holiday Reads 2016
Product Details
ISBN: 9781782273219
ISBN-10: 1782273212
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: The London Library