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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 40

its original brightness, many threatening dis.
orders are put to the rout.  Colds in the
young, and rheumatic and paralytic affections
in the old, are all dispersed by this simple
and delightful antidote. By such means do
the women of the East render their skins
softer than that of the tenderest babes in this
climate; and by such means is that health
preserved which, otherwise, the sedentary con.
finement of their lives must destroy.
  This delightful and delicate oriental fa.
shion is now, I am happy to say, embraced
almost all over the Continent.  From the
Villas of Italy, to the Chateaux of Francei
from the Castles of Germany, to the Palaces
of Muscovy ; we may every where find the
marble bath under the vaulted portico or the
sheltering shade.   Every   house of every
nobleman or gentleman, in every nation under
the sun, excepting Britain, possesses one of
these genial friends to cleanliness and com-
fort. The generality of English ladies seem
to be ignorant of the use of any bath larger
than a wash-hand bason. This is the more
extraordinary to me, when I contemplate the

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