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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

Description of the plates,   pp. [11]-17 ff.

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arrayed in a Flemish jacket and petticoat, of ceru-
lean blue muslin, poplin or Chinese silk, laced up
the front of the bust with white silk cord; and the
jacket trimmed in narrow vandykes to correspond.
An antique frill and cuffs of white lace: a Parisian
mob cap of thread lace and beading, ornamented
with an appropriate flower in front: half boots of
amber colour or buff kid: gloves, a pale tan-colour:
an occasional scarf of mohair or Cashmire.
   The erect figure is represented in a round high
dress of white muslin, ornamented at the feet with a
coloured border of laurel leaves, in tambour or em-
broidery: a square falling collar, trimmed with lace,
and Spanish cuffs to correspond: a large emerald or
gold brooch confining the dress in the centre of the
throat: a rich Turkish cord and tassel ornament
the bottom of the waist, and fall in irregular
lengths on the left side of the figure. The hair, in
dishevelled curls in front, twisted in an Indian
knot behind, and confined with bands of twisted
silk or muslin, corresponding with the colour of
the cord and tassel which embrace the bottom of
the waist: Roman shoes, and gloves of the same
  The SECOND PLATE represents two figures in
carriage or promenade costumes. The most pro-
minent appears in a long pelisse, a la militairej,

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