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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, forms, 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
(1811)

Preface,   pp. [iii]-[viii]


Page [iii]


PREFACE.
Tima wrier of the following treatise on
the art in which consist the <steogth of
BEiATr, the f     aitC&D6t   Of ELEGANCE,
and the aIJcaquering power of TASTE,
is a LADY Who has past several years in
an intimate acquaintance with the man-
aers and f'ashio, not only of the highest
rank in this country, but also of most of
the foreign courts.
  These pages were not intentionally at
first written for publication, but originally
composed by the desire of some female
friends, who live at a remote part of the
west of England; and who, aware of her
consummate knowledge of the world,
and experience in all that is honourable
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