This advice showing how to become a perfect lady was originally published in London in the 1890s.
`The Lady´s Book Of Manners` is a book I picked up during my last London vacation. Found stuffed behind other books in a gift shop was this gem on how to become a perfect lady.
I saw it. I had to have it. Because I´m a sucker for all things outdated – Especially outdated women´s etiquette. I mean- I have books on the history of underclothes… Why shouldn´t I want to include this treasure to my already weird collection of things I really don´t need but still need, right? It only makes sense ( for me ).
So, what did I think? What was my first and final thought regarding this inspiring and outdated educational hardcover booklet?
I admit- The cover had me howling with laughter.
Everything on the cover is a nice promise on what a reader will get inside the book.
I don´t have any complaints. I was fascinated by the ridiculous guidelines women followed back in the 1890s. I found many points crack – up – worthy. For example:
- How to pronounce words properly
- choosing quality paper for writing letters
- How to pick a husband
- How to mask mistakes
A lot of points are covered in the 125 pages.
Basically, this guide has proven that I (!!) would have probably been tarred and feathered, then tied to a stake and burned to death because there is not a perfect lady bone in my body. * sigh * Oh well.
Nonetheless, I had a blast diving into the old school of etiquette. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a soft spot for vintage etiquette books.
Since this isn´t a fiction novel I will skip the four-point analysis and head straight to my rating.
I´m giving this outrageously hilarious and educational read 4 out of 5 stars.
Note: This book was purchased in the Tower of London gift shop.