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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

On the female form,   pp. 26-41

Page 27

blooming age of youth maturing into the
full perfection of unsophisticated nature.
  The lovely form of woman, thus educated,
or rather, thus left to the true bias of its ori-
ginal mould, puts on a variety of interesting
characters. In one youthful figure, we see
the lineaments of a wood-nymph; a form
slight and elastic in all its parts. The shape,
i small by degrees, and beautifully less, from
the soft bosom to the slender waist !" ajoot,
light as that of her whose flying step scarcely
brushed the "unbending corn ;" and limbs,
Whose agile grace moved in gay harmony with
the turns of her swan-like neck and sparkling
  Another fair one appears with the chastened
dignity of a vestal. Her proportions are of a
less a&ial outline. As she draws near, we per-
ceive that the contour of her figure is on a
broader, a less flexible, scale than that of her
more ethereal sister. Euphrosyne speaks in
the one, Melpomene in the other,
  Between these two lie the whole range of
female character in -.form. And in proportion
as the figure approaches the one extreme or

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