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
Montez, Lola.

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 often humorous, tongue-in-cheek tips and advice that men might us Light foxing, endpapers a bit toned. A fine, bright copy. Publisher’s brown pebbled cloth stamped elaborately in blind with central gilt floral pattern and gilt-lettering. Gilt spine, brown coated endpapers 132, [12, ads] pp. (Item ID: 16616)


Lola Montez, who was born Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Lansfeld, (1821-1861) was an Irish actress and dancer. She rose to fame as a “Spanish dancer”, courtesan, and was the mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. After arriving in Munich, she met Ludwig I and the two began an affair. She used her political power and influence in favor of liberalism. The king made her Countess of Landsfeld in 1847 and granted her a large annuity. Following the growing revolutionary movement, she fled Germany and eventually relocated to California, where she became a sensation. Her home in Grass Valley is a California historical landmark. The Arts of Beauty discusses: how to obtain a beautiful complexion, prevention of gray hair, how to soften and beautify the hair, the beauty

Site by Bibliopolis