THE ARTS OF BEAUTY by Lola Montez

THE ARTS OF BEAUTY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Originally published more than a hundred years ago, a slim curiosity which descants on eyes, skin, hair, dress--the trappings of female beauty. ""A beautiful hand performs a great mission in the life of a belle."" . . . ""Nowhere will ill-nature and bad passions show themselves so glancingly as in the eyes."" . . . ""There is no greater mistake than the profuse use of greases for the purpose of softening the hair."" Although there is ""no art which can atone for an unpolished mind, and an unlovely heart,"" there are potions for altering the vessel. Herein, the recipes of celebrated beauties: concoctions to remove freckles or wrinkles, to reduce or develop the bosom, to prevent chapping or remedy thinning hair, often requiring exotic ingredients--jessamine flowers, pimpernel water, spermaceti. And for men, 50 rules of conduct. Rule the Fourteenth: ""It will be greatly to your advantage to entertain the lady you would win with an account of the number of women who are in love with you."" White gloves appeal--no more.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1978
Publisher: Ecco--dist. by Viking