Springfield, MA: King, Richardson & Co, 1894. Octavo. Item #029130
502 pages. Introduction by Willard E. Waterbury, Illustrated. A popular book both for the man who wanted to rise above his limited social standing and for women who should behave in society passively but making polite conversation. The man should avoid talk in situations where women are present about his work and comment on how lovely everything is--the settings, the woman, the children. While today we live in a society with very few rules of etiquette, the prescriptions in that era were repeated and demanded. A handsome copy bound in blue cloth lettered in gilt, decorated in black spine lettering gilt but dull, floral endpapers, page edges red, some toning to leaves, minor wear to corners or spine ends.