The Arts of Beauty; or, Secrets of a Lady’s Toilet. With Hints to Gentleman on the Art of Fascinating. By Madame Lola Montez, Countess of Landsfeld. Lola Montez.
The Arts of Beauty; or, Secrets of a Lady’s Toilet. With Hints to Gentleman on the Art of Fascinating. By Madame Lola Montez, Countess of Landsfeld
The Arts of Beauty; or, Secrets of a Lady’s Toilet. With Hints to Gentleman on the Art of Fascinating. By Madame Lola Montez, Countess of Landsfeld

The Arts of Beauty; or, Secrets of a Lady’s Toilet. With Hints to Gentleman on the Art of Fascinating. By Madame Lola Montez, Countess of Landsfeld

New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers, [1858], First edition of this women’s manual of beauty regimes, cosmetics, and hygiene. Also included is the chapter “Hints to Gentleman on the Art of Fascinating,” which consists of tongue-in-cheek advice that men might use to attract women. For example, Montez encourages men to act more feminine, gravitate toward shallow conversation, and to behave rudely while at the table. This humorous tone that pokes fun at gender norms pervades the text, as does Montez’s wisdom gained from being a much-maligned figure in the global spotlight. Some splitting to gutter between front endpapers. Some foxing to first and last few leaves. Minor staining in one spot on lower board. A very good, attractive copy overall. Publisher’s light brown pebbled cloth stamped elaborately in blind with central gilt floral pattern and gilt lettering. Gilt spine, brown coated endpapers. Twelvemo. 132, [12, ads] pp. Item #17227

Lola Montez, born Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert (1821 - 1861) was a dancer, entertainer, public speaker, and sex worker. She was born to an Irish family in British India and was educated at finishing schools in the United Kingdom. At the age of twenty-one, she assumed the name of Lola Montez and became a dancer in Europe, primarily Paris, where she joined Bohemian circles that included Franz Liszt, Alexandre Dumas, and George Sands. In Munich, she began an affair with King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who gave her the title of Countess of Landsfeld in 1847 and granted her a large annuity. As the king’s mistress, she wielded significant political power and influence, and used it in favor of liberalism. When the revolution came in 1848, however, she fled Germany and eventually relocated to California, where she became a sensation. Her home in Grass Valley is a California historical landmark.

The present work and Montez’s memoir, published in the same year, were both ghostwritten by Charles Chauncey Burr (1817 – 1883), a journalist, editor, and friend of Edgar Allan Poe.

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