Etiquette of Good Society. Edited and revised by Lady Colin Campbell. Gertrude Elizabeth Mary Campbell.

Etiquette of Good Society. Edited and revised by Lady Colin Campbell.

London: Cassell and Company Limited, 1893. Early (second?) edition of Campbell’s volume on a variety of etiquette topics from letter writing, garden parties, and marriages to funerals and mourning. Some underlining in places and spotting to fore-edge, otherwise clean throughout. Short split to lower joint and light rubbing to corners and edges of boards. A good, sound copy with clean pages and only minimal foxing. Publisher’s green boards lettered in white, lower board with printed “Rowland’s Articles” advertisement. Octavo. 224 pp., [16] publisher’s ads. Item #16649

“There are many unmentionable habits…which we should regard with unmitigated horror, but which the people of that day looked upon as ordinary and correct behavior,” Campbell writes in her “Introduction” to Etiquette of Good Society, which sold over ninety thousand copies by the time of Campbell’s death in 1911. Born in Ireland, Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell (1857-1911), née Blood, was a journalist who wrote columns and articles on sports, art, fashion, and music. Her writing career blossomed after her divorce from Lord Colin Campbell and enabled her to become a prominent member of British literary circles. Her published works include novels, translations, and collections of essays and advice like the present volume.

This is a scarce book. OCLC lists 5 copies of the 1893 edition in the United States. 4 copies of the 1885 edition are in libraries (one in Chicago and the rest overseas). OCLC lists no editions between 1885 and 1893. Any contemporary editions are rare in commerce. (Grace Lees-Maffei, Design at Home, p. 16.).

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