The Habits of Good Society: A Handbook of Etiquette for Ladies and Gentleman. With Thoughts, Hints, and Anecdotes Concerning Social Observances; Nice Points of Taste and Good Manners; And the Art of Making One’s-Self Agreeable. The Whole Interspersed
[ Etiquette ].

London: James Hogg & Sons, [ca. 1859]. First London edition. The First American edition was published with a New York imprint the following year. There are several imprints for each edition. Wood-engraved frontispiece. Binding extremities lightly rubbed. Spine and leaves lightly toned. Slight wear and a few minor tears to crown and tail of spine. Very minor foxing to preliminary and terminal leaves. The occasional minor stain. Small marginal markings in what is likely blue crayon to a handful of leaves. A few gatherings slightly loose. Overall, a very good copy of an important and popular work. Publisher’s purple cloth elaborately tooled in gilt on front cover, rear board stamped in blind, gilt spine. All edges gilt. Octavo. 378, [6, publisher’ (Item ID: 16429)


The Habits of Good Society contains a plethora of advice for one’s self-conduct, appearance, and organization. It is divided into five parts, including information about the “Three Classes of Bad Society,” how one should dress (the well-dressed and ill-dressed), necessary accomplishments, delicacy of language (for ladies), modesty, etiquette for railway traveling, table manners, the requisites for a good ball, and many others.

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