Childrens Etiquette Book Polite Manners Daphne Dale, Exercise Bathing Dancing Bad Habits Table Etiquette Flirting Wedding.
This wonderful and scarce book is entitled Polite Manners for Little Men and Women. The author is Daphne Dale, who also wrote etiquette books for ladies. This volume is very scarce, and is an etiquette book devoted exclusively to CHILDREN. It is dated 1911 and is a First Edition. The front has a sweet adolescent lady cartouche, surround by black and gold imprinting. It is a larger format book, measuring 7.25 x 9.75 inches, and is in Near Fine condition. And, it has many, many illustrations.
The inside title page reads: A manual of deportment for children, containing rules for good conduct int he Home, at Church, at School, on the street, at Social Affairs and all other occasions. Also rules and suggestions for the proper training of children by their parents and teachers, including how to overcome faults, bad habits, etc. Correct dress for all occasions. Games, wand drills, marches, club swinging and other exercises for physical development.
Just a glimpse into the topics inside are: Manners, Fashion, Dress, Bathing, The Toilette, Do's and Don't's, Dancing, Parties, Disagreeable Habits (shyness, tattling), Table Etiquette, Visiting, The Debutante, Flirting, Weddings, Letters, Games, Voice Training, Exercise, and Pantomime.
Often a book like this was the only source of information for miles around, especially so if one lived in a rural setting far from town. It was perhaps the only way to learn social intercourse in navigating Society. Indeed, newspapers of this period often detailed who was at what party, what they wore, and what they did, right down to the flowers and linens on the table! So best to be informed, lest a scandal befall you.
As you can see, the pages have a nice patina, and the illustrations are beautiful. It would appear that this book was only shelved and never read, as the cover board corners are crisp and sharp, and the pages have no writing in them. The inside hinges are strong, and the outside cover boards have very minimal wear. Overall, a fine fancy cover presentation for any library. Please see a few pages from the Table of Contents for more information on what's inside.