The Fine Gentleman’s Etiquette; or Lord Chesterfield’s Advice to his…

~ The Fine Gentleman’s Etiquette; or Lord Chesterfield’s Advice to his Son versified. By a Lady. London: Printed for T. Davies. 1776.

4to (258 × 196 mm), pp. 26, including half-title; engraved vignette by Lodge to title; some light spotting, neat repair to an old marginal tear to half-title, final leaf with closed tears (no loss); disbound.

Sole edition. An anonymous versification in anapestic dimeter by ‘a Lady’ of extracts from Chesterfield. While often witty, the versification leaves much to be desired. As the Monthly Review laconically observed: ‘We should be miserably deficient in the Gentleman’s Etiquette, were we to criticise a lady for employing her time as she pleases.’ The elegant title vignette by John Lodge (d. 1796) depicts two gentlemen greeting each other in a room with a Chinese screen and books on the right and a viol on a chair on the left. Gulick, Chesterfield, 130; Jackson, p. 45; Jackson, Women, p. 183, 3.

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