Lady's Dressing Room 1892 by Lady Colin Campbell

Lady's Dressing Room 1892 by Lady Colin Campbell

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Features chapters on each part of the female form, as well as everything one might wish to adorn it with. This work includes details that guide the reader through such imperfections as wrinkles, sunburn, warts and even baldness - for which a concoction of rum and onion is prescribed.

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"The Lady's Dressing-Room" was the indispensable companion of every 'well-bred woman' and 'great lady' at the close of the nineteenth century. In chapters on each part of the female form, as well as everything one might wish to adorn it with, copious details guide the reader through such imperfections as wrinkles, sunburn, warts and even baldness - for which a concoction of rum and onion is prescribed - without ever venturing upon too much scientific explanation. Such simple and politely euphemistic terminology as 'small black spots' and 'redness', combined with the occasional piece of hearsay or high society gossip, gives the impression of a casual yet authoritative chat among nineteenth century aristocratic 'gentlewomen'. Ever fearful of old age or indeed the illusion thereof, "The Lady's Dressing-Room" strikes a graceful balance between hopeless self-indulgence - chocolate is offered as a cure for bad breath - and an heroic call for 'spartan frugality' where there is even the slightest 'tendency to grow stout'. As well as being highly informative on its intended subject, this book also divulges a great deal about the writer's contemporary society. Numerous pages of advertisements for everything from a carpet sweeper 'the greatest labour saving invention of the century - Invention hath no nobler aim than to lighten woman's labour'; new patent invisible boot and shoe elevators - without fear of detection in either sex and the permanent removal of superfluous vein-marks, moles or warts through the administering of electricity by a lady electrician, demonstrate a burgeoning consumerism (not to mention Victorian eccentricity). While assertions such as that we 'are in so many ways above Orientals' highlight the matter-of-fact feeling of Western superiority prevalent at the time. Nothing was more important to a lady than to be seen to be a lady. This is the book that showed them how.

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SKU GOR001555410
Title Lady's Dressing Room 1892
Author By (author) Lady Colin Campbell
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Old House Books
Year Published 2006
Number of Pages 384
ISBN 10 1873590628
ISBN 13 9781873590621
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Description

Details

"The Lady's Dressing-Room" was the indispensable companion of every 'well-bred woman' and 'great lady' at the close of the nineteenth century. In chapters on each part of the female form, as well as everything one might wish to adorn it with, copious details guide the reader through such imperfections as wrinkles, sunburn, warts and even baldness - for which a concoction of rum and onion is prescribed - without ever venturing upon too much scientific explanation. Such simple and politely euphemistic terminology as 'small black spots' and 'redness', combined with the occasional piece of hearsay or high society gossip, gives the impression of a casual yet authoritative chat among nineteenth century aristocratic 'gentlewomen'. Ever fearful of old age or indeed the illusion thereof, "The Lady's Dressing-Room" strikes a graceful balance between hopeless self-indulgence - chocolate is offered as a cure for bad breath - and an heroic call for 'spartan frugality' where there is even the slightest 'tendency to grow stout'. As well as being highly informative on its intended subject, this book also divulges a great deal about the writer's contemporary society. Numerous pages of advertisements for everything from a carpet sweeper 'the greatest labour saving invention of the century - Invention hath no nobler aim than to lighten woman's labour'; new patent invisible boot and shoe elevators - without fear of detection in either sex and the permanent removal of superfluous vein-marks, moles or warts through the administering of electricity by a lady electrician, demonstrate a burgeoning consumerism (not to mention Victorian eccentricity). While assertions such as that we 'are in so many ways above Orientals' highlight the matter-of-fact feeling of Western superiority prevalent at the time. Nothing was more important to a lady than to be seen to be a lady. This is the book that showed them how.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR001555410
Title Lady's Dressing Room 1892
Author By (author) Lady Colin Campbell
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Old House Books
Year Published 2006
Number of Pages 384
ISBN 10 1873590628
ISBN 13 9781873590621
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.

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