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1 Anonymous Decorum. A Practical Treatise on Manners and Dress of the Best American Society
New York, Boston, Cincinnati, and Atlanta Union Publishing House 1880 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York, Boston, Cincinnati, and Atlanta: Union Publishing House, 1880. First published in 1877, and "Sold Only by Subscription." This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of a Later Printing. Not common. Blue cloth decorative binding, ruled in black. The front cover features a color tipped-in lithograph of a demure maiden, one who has, no doubt, read the book and taken it to heart. Clean text; 352 pages, with eight pages of publisher's adverts in the rear, along with an offer of employment as a publisher's agent. Included are topics such as removing stains. A charming book, and a great example of Victorian concern with propriety and manners. What's not to like? Some very mild bumping and a hint of rubbing. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Anonymous Good Manners. Metropolitan Series
New York The Butterick Publishing Company, [Limited] 1888 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
New York: The Butterick Publishing Company, [Limited], 1888. Published anonymously, this is the perfect Victorian handbook to improve your social skills. Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Dark brown cloth binding, with gilt titling on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 384 pages. Bumped, with light wear at the head and foot of the spine.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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3 Anonymous The Mother's Guide in Physical Education; or Prevention Better Than Cure
Greenfield Merriam & Mirick 1846 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Greenfield: Merriam & Mirick, 1846. Here is a lovely small volume dedicated to the health of the child, which seems to be quite "modern" in its attitudes on diet and exercise for a mid-nineteenth century volume. Published anonymously, and very scarce (no copies WorldCat or LoC). Very Good (Plus) condition. Dark brown cloth binding with decorative blindstamping. Bright gilt lettering on the front cover. Clean text; 84 pages. The text is especially bright and clear, with spotting confined to the endpapers. The corners are mildly bumped and there is a small area of bubbling on the front cover. An attractive volume. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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4 Anonymous The Young Man's Book of Classical Letters Consisting of Epistolary Selections; Designed to Improve Young Ladies and Gentlemen in the Art of Letter Writing, and in Tose Principles Which are Neccessary for Respectability and Success in Life
New York Leavitt & Allen 1854 Second Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: Leavitt & Allen, 1854. Written anonymously, but part of a series that also included "The Young Man's Own Book," here is a small volume of instruction that Quercus notes as possibly much needed today: the art of letter-writing taught by examples. This is a Near Fine copy of the Second Edition (although with much added material). Uncommon. Black cloth binding, heavily blindstamped on the covers with the image of a Muse (with lyre);bright gilt titling and floral decoration on the spine. Clean text; 320 pages. Mildly bumped, else a Fine copy. Size: 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. Second Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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5 Baker, George A. Jr. The Bad Habits of Good Society
New York R. Worthington 1878 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: R. Worthington, 1878. George Baker (1849-1906) wrote this cute treatise on the etiquette of New York, with a sort of anti-Mrs Grundy take. Originally published in 1875, it was reprinted several times by various publishers, but remains scarce on the market. This is a Very Good Plus copy. Blue cloth binding with a fancy stamped design on the front cover. Clean text; 173 pages. The spine and the front cover fore-edge have darkened, but the book remains attractive. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Reprint.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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6 Chesterfield, Lord (Phillip Dormer Stanhope) Chesterfirld's Art of Letter-Writing Simplified.To Which is Appended the Complete Rules of Ettiquette, and the Usages of Society
New York Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers 1857 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers, 1857. Phillip Dormer Stanhope (1694-1773), Fourth Earl of Chesterfield, was a famed orator in the House of Commons; his tenure as a Viceroy of Ireland was a remarkably enlightened one. Quercus is unclear that Chesterfield actually wrote this guide; perhaps it was just a good marketing decision by the publisher (Chesterfield did write an advice guide for his son; perhaps that is the source for this book). This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition; there were other editions in the 1860s and 1880s. Stiff cardboard binding with a cloth spine. The front cover pictures a woman sitting in her parlor at her writing desk; the rear cover is advertising. Mostly a clean text; there are some penciled notes in the textblock, and more on the endpapers, which are also publisher adverts. 67 pages, with 15 pages of publisher adverts in the rear. The covers are work and rubbed, but the charming front cover illustration is still there, along with the original price of thirty-five cents. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First American Edition.. Pictorial Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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7 Cohen, Gustavus The Modern Self-Instructor in Phrenology, Physiology, & Physiognomy; Or, The People's Hand-Book of Human Nature; Containing a View of the Moral and Theological Bearing of the Science of Phrenology
Manchester Gustavus Cohen 1889 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket W.H. Roberts 
Manchester: Gustavus Cohen, 1889. In the annals of fad science, nothing approaches Phrenology. That the shape of one's head should determine one's character easily slipped into racism. For those of a pseudo-scientific bent, or just curiosity, Quercus offers this wonderful small guide, offering "upwards of 150 Illustrations and Diagrams by W,H. Roberts." First published in 1884, this is a Very Good (Plus) copy of a Later Printing. Published by the author. Attractive decorative red cloth binding, stamped in black and gilt. Clean text; 153 pages, with one page at the rear offering free consultations with the author. The pages are very bright and supple, offering the Reader an opportunity for improvement. The spine is a bit darkened; mild soiling, with a few areas of spotting (an unobtrusive pink colour). Laid-in is a 12-page booklet from a contemporary publisher of books on the subject; the booklet is in Fine condition. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by W.H. Roberts. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 Hartley, Florence The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness. Complete Handbook for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society
Boston J.S. Locke & Company 1872 First Thus Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: J.S. Locke & Company, 1872. Here is a tome covering actions sadly quite lacking in our Modern World. Quercus speculates that this work would be just as valuable to the male side of the equation. Originally published in 1860, and with subsequent editions brought out by several publishers in the next decade. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus. Green pebbled decorative cloth binding; ruled in gilt and Greek bands of black, with the same motif on the spine. Clean text; 340 pages. Mild bumps and a bit of shelf rub to the margins.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 Humphrey, Mrs (Charlotte Elizabeth) Manners for Men
London James Bowden 1898 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: James Bowden, 1898. Charlotte Elizabeth Humphrey (1854?-1925) wrote a popular advice column under the name "Madge" in the "Truth" newspaper starting in 1893. This is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing (the Seventh Edition). Tan decorative cloth binding with an Edwardian couple about to shake hands (or something similar). Clean text; 160 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. The book has an interesting format: quite narrow in width and with rounded corners. A charming book, and rather uncommon. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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10 Ruskin, John Pearls for Young Ladies. From the Later Works of John Ruskin,LL.D. Including Letters and Advice on Education, Dress, Marriage, Influence, Work, Rights, &c
New York John Wiley & Sons 1881 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1881. Art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) was one of the leading polymaths of the Victorian era, also writing frequently on social issues. This lovely book was "Compiled and Arranged by Mrs. Louisa C. Tuthill" and is a Very Good Plus copy. Later Printing of the First Edition. Tan cloth decorative binding, indstamped and filled with black and gilt. Clean text, still bright; 247 pages. Mildly bumped, a bit rubbed at the foot of the spine. Light soil to the covers. There is a small contemporary library sticker on the front paste-down. Uncommon, and not often seen in such nice condition; Quercus speculates that it was not checked out much by those young ladies for which it was intended! No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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11 Sherwood, Mrs. (Mary Martha) The Lady of the Manor. Being a Series of Conversations on the Subject of Confirmation. Intended for the Use of the Middle and Higher Ranks of Young Females (Four Volumes Only)
Bridgeport M. Sherman 1828 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Bridgeport: M. Sherman, 1828. Mary Martha Sherwood (1775-1851) was a prolific (some 400 works!) and very popular author of children's literature, mainly written from her evangelical Christian position. She was well-educated, having both Latin and Greek and (later) Hebrew. An educational reformer, she was profoundly anti-Catholic in her many tracts for the poor. Here are four volumes only of her "Lady of the Manor," which was written in a series starting in 1823. Uniform orange paper-covered boards with paper labels on the spines. Clean texts; included are Volume One (360 pages), Volume IV (360 pages), Volume V (300 pages), and Volume VII (394 pages). All volumes bear an 1828 date, and are generally in Very Good condition. All have frontis engravings which are typically foxed and have transfered to the Title Pages. Endpapers very well spotted. The label for Volume VII has been heavily rubbed. The publisher, Sherman, is unknown to Quercus; later, her American publisher was Harper. Quercus suggests this as a possible pirate edition. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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12 Wells, Richard A., A.M. Manners Culture and Dress of the Best American Society, Including Social, Commercial and Legal Forms, Letter Writing, Invitations, &c., Also Valuable Suggestions on Self Culture and Home Training
Springfield & Des Moines King, Richardson & Co. Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Springfield & Des Moines: King, Richardson & Co. Originally published in 1890, this is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing from the year following that was "Sold only by our "Authorized Agents." Green pebbled cloth binding with blindstamped decoration (a pair of stylized hinges or clasps) and gilt lettering on the cover; gilt lettering on the spine, which has faded, but the heavy stamping renders it still clear. Clean text; 502 pages of instructions on all phases of domestic tasks and ettiquette. This book came with a printed presentation page, which has the name of the recipient, but lacks the possibly concerned gifter. Light wear, minor bumping. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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13 Westlake, J. Willis. A.M. How to Write Letters: A Manual of Correspondence, Showing the Correct Structure, Composition, Punctuation, Formalities, and Uses of the Various Kinds of Letters, Notes, and Cards
Philadelphia Christopher Sower Company 1876 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Christopher Sower Company, 1876. Here is a small volume that would serve us all well, taking its instruction to heart in the age of the text-message. Maroon cloth binding with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 264 pages, with General Index; quite bright and freesh for its age. The endpapers are adverts by the publisher for its line of educational tomes. Light wear all around, with some rubbing to head and foot of the spine.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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