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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

Contents,   pp. [ix]-xxiii [xiii] ff.

Page x

  Vandals.-Fashions ofthe courts of Charlemagne,
  the British Edwards, Henries, and Elizabeth-
  that of Charles I.-Charles II.-of Queen Anne
  -of the Georges.-Restoration of taste by the
  admission of ancient sculpture.-Abrogation of
  stiff dressing.-Fashions of foreign countries.
                                      Page 20.
               CHAPTER IlL.
On the female form.-Health.--Infancy.-Vari.
  ous shapes.-The light and nymphlike.-The
  Vestal. -Euphrosyne. - Melpomene.- Female
  beauty like the seasons-her spring-her summer
  -her autumn-her winter.-How to preserve
  -Adventitious aids.-Stays, paddings, &c.-
  Baths.                             Page 26.
               CHAPTER IV
Female beauty considered in detail.-Complexion.
  -Excess.--Cosmetics.-Bad air.-Barouche..
  Powdering. -Cold water.-Thorough air.-
  Effect of complexion.-Painting.white paint
  - rouge. - Eye-brows. - Turkish ladies.- Sir
  Peter Lely.                        Page 42.

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