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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)

Contents,   pp. [ix]-xxiii [xiii] ff.


Page [ix]


              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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