[UCP Books]: Beauty, What It Is and How to Retain It and The Gentleman’s Art of Dressing, with Economy

For both men and women, concerns over beauty and presentation are daily preoccupations and—as these two charming Victorian manuals prove—timeless. First published in the 1870s, these slim guidebooks offer essential advice for men and women on how to heighten and maintain their appearances and allow modern readers to glimpse a bygone era.


Beauty, What It Is and How to Retain It
By A Lady

 

Publication date: January 7, 2013 128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-7123-5885-9 Cloth $12.00

Beauty, What It Is and How to Retain It
covers all aspects of a woman’s beauty regimen, from body shape and complexion to health and dress. Some of the advice, about clean teeth and smooth hair, has lasting relevance, while other tips serve as reminders of the age in which the book was written: “The water used for washing the skin should be rain-water, but if London rain-water, it must be filtered to clear it from smuts.” Recipes for hair tonics and face creams using such ingredients as beef marrow, lard, and borax illustrate that this was still the time of the homemade beauty product.



The Gentleman’s Art of Dressing, with Economy
By A Lounger at the Clubs

 

Publication date: January 7, 2013 128 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-7123-5886-6 Cloth $12.00

Another indispensible guide to looking good, The Gentleman’s Art of Dressing, with Economy takes readers back to fashionable London West End clubs in Piccadilly and Pall Mall where appearance was everything. From there, the author distills the essential characteristics of true gentlemanly dress into practical advice on achieving the same look on a less generous budget. Detailed consideration is given to dealing with a wet top hat, as well as to the enduring importance of caring for good-quality clothes.
 
Published by the British Library and Distributed by the University of Chicago Press
 
Please contact Micah Fehrenbacher at (773) 702-7717 or micahf@uchicago.edu for more information.

 

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