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
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CONTENTS. PREFACE. Page 5 CHAPTER I. Preliminary observations on the subject.-Opinions of the Epicureans and Stoics on the dignity of the human body.--Characteristics and purposes of the human form -The sentiments of true philosophy on the subject.-On female charms, their use and abuse. -Taste.-Beauty.-Affecta- tions.-Modesty.- Grace. - Simplicity. - Girls. -Women.-Religion and morality.-Virtue.- Amenity of manners.-Duty to a husband.- Beauty reflecting virtue.-General influence of women over men. Page 9. CHAPTER II. General remarks on the manners and fashions of the past and present times -Origin of clothing. -Foliage.-Skins.-Commerce.-Rich apparel. -Costume of (Greece-of Rome-the Goths and
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