Venus attiring the Graces. Addressed to ---- by (VENUS).

Venus attiring the Graces. Addressed to ---- by (VENUS).

~ Venus attiring the Graces. Addressed to ---- London: Printed for J. Dodsley. 1777.

4to (250 × 190 mm), pp. 11, [1]; light browning; preserved in recent boards.

First edition. An elegant anonymous satire on fashionable dress for women, directed especially against the painful pursuit of an artificial figure: ‘Come here, you two girls, that look full in my face, / And you that so often are turning your back [the Graces], / Put on these cork rumps, and then tighten your stays / ‘Till your hips, and your ribs, and the strings themselves crack. / Can ye speak? can ye breathe? - Not a word - Then ‘twill do. / You have often dress’d me, and for once I’ll dress you.’ Jackson, p. 59.

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