Young (1882) Our Deportment – Victorian Etiquette


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Young, John H. Our Deportment: Or the Manners, Conduct and Dress of the Most Refined Society including Forms for Letters, Invitations, Etc. Etc. Also Valuable Suggestions on Home Culture and Training. (Detroit, St. Louis, Harrisburg and Chicago: F. B. Dickerson, Pennsylvania Publishing, Union Publishing, 1882)

Duodecimo. 424 pages, illustrated. Hardcover. Bound in blue cloth-covered boards stamped in blind, black and gilt. Brown endpapers.

Condition: VG-. Covers are sharp and gilt is bright. Binding slightly shaken. Nice shelf candy.

During the Victorian and Edwardian periods society was underpinned by rigid moral and social values; with ideal forms of masculine and feminine behaviour. Moral respectability and domesticity were important ideologies of feminine behaviour. The womans mission was that of supportive wife, dutiful daughter, and caring mother, and the womans domestic role was seen as an important and pivotal part of society. It was especially important that mothers should teach their children the values of Christian morality, which formed the foundation of society.. For men society dictated they take the authoritative role as head of the household. The public sphere of society was controlled by male authority, with very little room for women. –

Collecting Victorian guides to etiquette has become a popular, and economically satisfying, field of interest in book collecting for those interested in what made one person “genteel” and what put another on the outskirts of society.