"AT AN AFTERNOON OR EVENING RECEPTION THE HOSTESS RECEIVES THE FIRST GUESTS SEATED IN THE DRAWING ROOM, RISING TO GREET EACH…"
Sylvia. Hostess and Guest. A Guide to the Etiquette of Dinners, Suppers, Luncheons, the Precedence of Guests, etc., etc. London: Ward, Lock, . Octavo, original gray cloth gilt. $800.
First edition of this Victorian guide to dinner parties and entertaining at home.
"Information will be found as to the numerous and onerous duties of the hostess of a large party, as well as upon the details of etiquette of a morning call. It has been our effort to render the book as nearly complete a manual of the necessary formalities of entertaining as it is possible to be; and to do so, we have found it necessary to be what many may perhaps consider almost too minute in detail. Those however who read the book with the object of learning from it, will scarcely find fault with us on this account; and they have been throughout our special duty."
Interior fine, only very mild wear to extremities of cloth, gilt bright. An about-fine copy.