1st.ed., 1932. frontis + 62 other plates (some cold.). D.j., 24 x 18cm. Frayed d.j. with some loss o/w V.G. (Uncommon in d.j.). A history of feminine elegance, almost a history of the mechanism of seduction, from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. It is based on the theory that elegance has always an erotic motive. Examples are given in the lives and amours of Mme. du Barry, Marie-Antoinette, Lola Montez, Mme. de Pompadour, Pauline Bonaparte, Cora Pearl and a host of lesser-known women of fashion from a bygone age. Two chapters are devoted to Emma, Lady Hamilton, and the eighteenth century in England, with two portraits of Emma including a rarely seen painting of 1788 by Reynolds. The essays stay largely to fact, reject the poisonous accusation that in her early days she was ‘on the streets’, and resists the temptation to colour with the paint of her enemies what was already a remarkable and colourful life in which Nelson played no small part. The book has all the charm of the inter-war era and contains 63 excellent illustrations, a number in fine pastel shades. THE AGE OF THE ELEGANT WOMAN FROM THE 18TH CENTURY ONWARDS, INCLUDING TWO CHAPTERS ON LADY HAMILTON.