Etiquette by Emily Post - 1925 Edition - 13th printing
RULES OF ETIQUETTE ARE DERIVED FROM LONG EXPERIENCE; THEIR BASIS IS ALWAYS CONSIDERATION FOR THE FEELINGS, BELIEFS AND SENSIBILITIES OF OTHERS. EMILY POST
First published in 1922, Emily Post (1872-1960) soared to iconic status in the 20th century as the go-to authoritarian on all issues pertaining to manners, etiquette and gracious living. A writer throughout her life, Emily's publishing career bloomed with unparalleled success when she turned 50 years old and completed her most famous book Etiquette: In Society, In Business, In Politics and at Home. Some would say it took her a lifetime to prepare for this feat. Growing up amongst the wealthy and privileged societies of New York City's affluent elite, Emily was not just another typical debutante of her day. After marrying a banker and giving birth to two sons, her adult life began in a traditional way. But after discovering her husband was having affairs with numerous chorus girls, she divorced him in 1905 and took up a writing career.
Interested in architecture, design, travel and fiction writing, Emily published articles, books, and adventure stories throughout her middle years. When Etiquette was first published in 1922, it was viewed as an extremely helpful book. Not unlike the Constitution of the United States, it appeared at a time when people from all over the world were flooding the country on a daily basis, and were in need of some direction on how to handle themselves in this new and different environment. People needed to get along in order to make the country and themselves successful. Emily Post's Etiquette set the standard on how and why people should be treated by devising a mainstream code of conduct that was appropriate for everyone, no matter your income level or social status.
The rest is history. Emily went on to become a household name, hosted her own radio show, and wrote a popular newspaper column that was syndicated in over 100 papers across the country. Etiquette went on to thrive as well - evolving with the times in the form of periodic revisions and updates. At its height of popularity, the publishers were printing 5600 copies a week in order to keep up with demand. This is the 13th edition published in July 1925.
- 1925 edition, 13th Printing
- Hard to find edition
- Published by Funk & Wagnalls
- Contains 38 chapters and 627 pages
- Contains a fascinating look at life from a 1920s perspective including advice on domestic staff, country house hospitality, long-form letter writing, clothing for men and women, and hosting parties. Gatsby approved!
- Includes black and white photographs throughout
- Beautiful navy blue 1920s-era decorated cover board
In lovely vintage condition. The pages are tanned to a warm almond shade. All pages are clean and bright. The coverboards bear a little rubbing along the top and bottom edge and the spine has a little wrinkle to it. The back coverboard near the spine contains a small swatch of paper that is peeking through the spine. This is not an exposed spine - just extra paper. Perhaps this is evidence of a past book repair. This does not affect the book in anyway as the coverboards are securely attached to the book. The pages are free of spots, stains and markings and all pages are intact. Please see photos.
Measures 6.25" inches (width) x 92.5" inches (length) x 1.75" inches (thickness)
Emily Post's Etiquette books are fun to collect by publishing year and edition because each volume has been thoughtfully modified for the time period in which it debuts. This type of revision tracks good manners as social commentary in regard to our changing lifestyles and viewpoints over the past 100 years. For example, later editions contain expanded advice for teenagers and talk about pre-marital sexual issues. Earlier editions offer advice on how to work with outside help or domestic staff. Midcentury editions include much more information directed toward women in the workforce.