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Attention Collectors!


Limited Edition


A Practical Treatise


Etiquette And Dress

of the

Best American Society

Here is a rare antiquarian hardcover book that would be a fantastic addition to a collection!   

You are bidding on a rare antique hardcover book titled Decorum - A Practical Treatise on Etiquette and Dress of the Best American Society. This is a Limited Edition that was sold only by Subscription and was not made available to retail shops. Published byJ. A. Ruth & Co., 1880. This is the scarce First Edition.

A guide to social manners, salutations, social intercourse, visits, dinner parties and balls, conversation, entertaining, etiquette, manners for the street, for riding and driving, for traveling, for courtship and marriage, letter writing, table etiquette, etc.

The book features a fancy binding typical of the lovely binding produced during the Victorian era.

Book features ornate binding with blue cloth boards with gold and black design. There is an attractive raised cameo of a lovely young lady on front cover. Covers are securely attached. The corners are worn and the binding has some general wear and soil. All pages are clean and tightly bound. No writing in book and no signs of previous ownership. Book is in good condition.   

Would make a super addition to a collection.

Great gift idea!

The detailed contents of the book are:


The Good Will of Women; Social Connections; Being Natural; With Whom to Associate; What to Tolerate; Common Place Speech; Modesty; Respectful Deference; Ease of Manner; Distinctions in Conduct; Selecting Company; Good Sense; Qualities of a Gentleman.


By Relatives; Saluting and Shaking Hands; First Introduction-Second or Subsequent Meeting; The Obligations of -After an Introduction-While Traveling-Introductory Letter to Ladies-Receipt of Introductory Letter-Requesting a Letter of -To Society-Bestowing of Titles-Proper Forms of-Ceremonious Phrases-Casual Introductions-Speak the Name Distinctly-Introduction of a Lady to Gentlemen-In Other Countries; with Permission-Without Permission; Meeting on the Street-Morning Visitors-Introducing Yourself; Assisting a Lady in Difficulty.


Forms of Salutations, of Different Nations, Words of Salutations, Foreigners Salutations, on the Street, Meeting on the Street, Bow of Civility, Saluting Ladies, Etiquette of Hand Shaking, The Kiss, The Kiss of Respect, The Kiss of Friends, Women Kissing in Public


The Value of Knowledge, A Good Conscience, Good Character, A Well Informed Man, Liberal and Scientific Information, Leisure Moments, Softening Natural Ferocity, The Arts of Peace, Differences in Social Intercourse, Slight Reflections, Improving by Conversation, Be Not Too Confident, Narrow and Limited Views, Consulting with Others, Difference of Opinion


Subjects to be Avoided, Talk to People of Their Own Affairs, Avoid Talking Too Much of Their Professions, Avoid Classical Quotations, Modulation, Slang, Using Proverbs and Puns, Avoid Long Arguments, Interrupting a Person While Speaking, Whispering in Society, Make the Topic of Conversation Known, Witticisms, Avoid Unfamiliar Subjects, Introducing Anecdotes, Correct Pronunciation, Avoid Repeating, Cultivating the Mind, Music, A Low Voice, Talk Well about Trifles, Double Entendres, indelicate Words and Expressions, Profanity, Listening, The Best Kind of Conversation, Interjections, Avoid Wounding the Feelings of Others, Affectations, Use Plain Words, Avoid Wit Which Wounds, Proper Reserve, Professional Peculiarities, Modesty, Conversing with Ladies


Visits of Congratulation, of Ceremony or Calls, Calling at an Inconvenient Hour, Visiting at Hotels, Visiting the Sick, Condolence Calls, Before Going Abroad, Gentlemen's Morning Call, Cards for Visits, Calling on Strangers, Engaged or Not at Home, Evening Visits, Ceremonious Visits, Suitable Times, How to Treat Visitors, Taking a Seat While Visiting, Taking a Friend, Privileges of Ladies, Visiting Alone, Respect Towards the Aged and Feeble, Laying Aside the Bonnet, Unintentional Intrusions


Invitations, Reply To, Arriving too Late, Manners at Table, Dress Neatly for Dinner Party, How Long to Remain, Number of Guests, Manner of Writing Invitations, Invitations Accepted, Declined, Invitation to Tea Party, Reception of Guests; Introduction of Guests, Proceeding to dinner; Arranging of Guests, Praising Every Dish, Picking Your Teeth at Table--Duties of Host and Hostess, Paring Fruit for a Lady, Dipping Bread, Soup, Fish, General Rules Regarding Dinner, Monopolizing Conversation, Signal for Leaving the Table, Dancing, Giving a Ball, Choice of Guests, Issuing Invitations, Prejudices Against Dancing, Variety of Toilette, Choice of Attire, Evening Party, The Cloak Room, When to Arrive, Refusing to Dance, How to Ask a Lady to Dance, Talking Too Much, Wall Flowers, Duties of Gentlemen, Duty of Ladies, Grace and Modesty, Private Party, Public Balls, Visit of Thanks, Deportment in Public Places


Recognizing Friends on the Street, Omitting to Recognize Acquaintances, Shaking Hands with a Lady, Young Ladies Conduct on the Street, Conduct While Shopping, Taking off your Glove, Crossing a Muddy Street, Expensive Dress in the Street, Carriage of a Lady in Public, Demanding Attention, Stopping a Lady on the Street, Giving the Arm, When to Offer the Arm, Returning a Salute, Passing Before a Lady, Corner Loafers, Shouting, Gentlemen Walking With a Lady, Crossing the Street, Ascending a Mountain, Smoking While Walking, Taking off Your Hat


Etiquette of Riding, Riding in Public Places, Riding with Ladies, Assisting a Lady to Mount, Pace in Riding, Meeting Friends on Horseback, Meeting a Lady, Assisting a Lady to Alight From a Horse, Entering a Carriage, Assisting a Lady Into a Carriage


A Lady Traveling Alone, Social Intercourse While Traveling, Etiquette of Street Cars, Etiquette of Ferry Boats, Duties of Ladies to Other Ladies While Traveling, Selfishness of Ladies.


Church Etiquette, Visiting an Artist, Conduct in Picture Galleries, Invitation to Opera or Concert, Conduct in Opera, Theatre or Public Hall, Church or Fancy Fairs, Picnics, How to Dress, Duties of Gentlemen, Boating, Rowing, Ladies Rowing


Letters of Introduction, Letters of Friendship, The Family Letter, Parents to Children, Letters of Love, Letters of Business, Letters of Invitation, General Advice to Letter Writers


Charms for Procuring Love, A Woman's Judgement, Love and Marriage, Usages of Society, Love a Universal Passion, A Ladies Position, A Gentleman's Position, Conduct of a Gentleman Towards Ladies, Premature Declaration, Love at First Sight, Trifling with a Man's Feelings, A Poor Triumph, A Still Greater Crime, The Rejected Lover, Duty of a Rejected Lover, Unmanly Conduct, Encouraging the Address of a Gentleman, Proposal of Marriage, Forms for Proposals, Protracted Engagements, Asking Papa, An Engagement Ring, The Relations of an Engaged Couple, Demonstrations of Affection, Keeping Late Hours, A Domineering Lover, Breaking an Engagement, By Letter-Acknowledging Such Letter, The Marriage Ceremony, General Rules, Congratulation, Ceremony in Church, Leaving the Church, Marriage Fees, Let Joy be Unconfined, The Wedding Breakfast, Calling on a Newly Married Couple, A Joyous Period, Professional Call While Receiving Calls; Returning Wedding Visits. 


Duties of the Wife, Avoid all Cause for Complaint, Beware of Confidants, Regarding Money Matters, How to Keep a Home, Avoid Concealment, Avoid all Bickerings, Becoming Conduct for a Wife, Duties of a Husband, Things to Remember, Accompany Your Wife to Church, A Breach of Domestic Etiquette, Taking Your Wife into Your Confidence, Let Her Manage Her Own Affairs, Avoid Unnecessary Interference, Be Always Ready to Praise, Avoid Comparisons


The Breakfast Table, General Rules for Behavior at Table, Luncheon, Dinner


Presents Among Friends, Presents to Married Ladies, Present by Married Lady, Praising Presents, Making Parade, How to Receive a Present, Refusing a Gift, Value of Present, Governing our Moods, Civility Due to all Women, Keeping Engagements, Requisites to Gain Esteem, Contempt and Haughtiness, Talking to Yourself, A Filthy Habit, Avoid Loud Conversation, Consulting Your Time Piece, Removing the Hat, Smoking in Presence of Ladies, Relinquishing a Seat for a Lady, A Man's Pride and Principles, Avoid Religious Topics, Attention to Young People, Absent Mindedness, Affectation, Confidence and Secrecy, A Woman's Good Name, Singing in Company, Gentlemen at Evening Parties, Accepting an Invitation, Expressing Unfavorable Opinions; Checking Himself in Conversation, Cautiousness and Self Control, Avoid Arguments, Politeness, Washington's Maxims, Principles of Good Breeding, Attention to Small Matters.



Presidential Receptions, Private Calls on the President, Social Duties of Cabinet Officers and Their Families, Social Duties of Congressman and Their Families..


Paper, Wooden, Tin, Crystal, China, Silver, Golden, Diamond, Presents at Anniversary Weddings, Invitations to Anniversary Weddings, Funerals, Dress, Harmony of Color in Dress, The Toilette, Hints on the Improvement and Display of Female Beauty, Servants, Home Decoration, Amusements, Etiquette with Children, Etiquette for Baptism, Etiquette of the Studio, Precious Stones and Finger-Rings with Sentiments, Flowers and Their Sentiments, Toilet Recipes.


Invitations to a Funeral, Charge of Affairs at a Funeral, Expense of a Funeral, General Rules of Etiquette, Houses of Mourning, Conveyances for a Funeral, Exhibiting the Corpse, Receiving Guests at a Funeral, Proceeding to the Cemetery, Flowers at a Funeral, other Decorations Upon the Coffin, After the Funeral, Notification of Death, Obligations to Attend a Funeral, Seclusion of the Bereaved Family, Period of Mourning.


First Impressions; Consistency in Dress, Plain Dressing, Too-Rich Dressing, Elegant Dressing, Appropriate and Becoming Dress, Neglect of Dress, Habitual Attention to Attire, An Amiable Exterior, Dress and Appropriate Finish of Beauty, Taste, Simplicity in Dress, Delicacy and Harmony, Using Paints, Color and Complexion, Never Dress Above Your Station, Thinking About Your Dress, Morning Dress for Home, Morning Dress for Visitor, Morning Dress for Street, Business Women's Dress, The Promenade, Material of a Walking Suit, Carriage Dress, Riding Dress, Dress for Hostess, Dinner Dress, Dress of Guests at a Dinner Party, Dress for Church, For Theater, Lecture and Concert, Opera, Croquet and Skating, Traveling, Going to Europe, Wedding Outfit, Wedding Dress, Bride Groom, Brides Maids, Traveling Dress of Bride, Marriage of a Widow, The Trousseau.



Health and Beauty, The Dressing Room, Lady's Dressing Room, Gentleman's Dressing Room, The Bath, Air Bath, The Teeth, The Skin, The Eye Lashes and Brows, The Hair, The Beard, The Hand.


Singing and Playing-The Voice and Dress-Dignity and Familiarity


Treatment of Servants, Fees, What to Permit


Flowers, Arranging of Plants, Ward Case, Mayflower, Preparation of Soil


Shakespeare Readings, Private Dramas', Charades, Tableaux Vivants, Light and Shades


Children at Funerals, At Parties, Early Training, Accepting Invitations, The Custom, Good Manners


Customary Ceremonies, Christening, Presents



Stories to Precious Stones, Zodiac Stones, Stones and the Influences, Rings, King of Memphis, Caesar's Rings, Nero's Persia, Name Rings.



To Remove Freckles, Wrinkles, Discoloration of Skin, Sunburn, Cure Chilblains, Hair Curling, Rye Tooth Powder, Ox-Marrow Pomatum, To Darken Faded False Hair, Cleaning, Laundry, etc.



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