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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

Preliminary observations on the subject,   pp. [9]-19

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cant as the means may seem, the end is great;
and poor as we may chuse to consider them,
we all feel their effects and enjoy their sweet- i
   Having thus explained my subject, my fair
friends will readily perceive that there cannot
be any thing hostile to female delicacy in the
prosecution of my scheme. I give to woman
all her privileges; I allow her the empire of
ail her personal charms; I will assist her to
increase their force: but it must be with a
constant reference to their being the ensign of
her more estimable mental attractions. She
must never suppose that, when I insist on
attention to  person and manners, I forget
the mind and heart ; or when I commend ex-
ternal grace, that I pass unregarded the inter-
nal beauty of the virgin soul.
   In order to give a regular and perspicuous
elucidation of the several branches of my sub-
ject, I shall arrange them under separate
heads. Sometimes I may illustrate by obser-
vations drawn from abroad, at other times
by remarks collected    at home.    Having
been a traveller in my youth, while visiting

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