Toilette d’une romaine au temps d’Auguste et conseils à une parisienne sur les cosmétiques.

Paris, Garnier frères, [1879].

In-12 (195 x 125 mm), green half-maroquin, gilt head, untrimmed (Period binding).

Partly first edition, expanded with a Treatise on eruptions of the face and scalp (acne, couperose, pityriasis, cancroid).

Interesting work bridging the gap between body care and women's manners in antiquity and their application to Parisian women of the time. Numerous themes are covered: mouth care, hair removal, dyed hair, make-up, hairstyles, dresses, shoes, laughter, speech, gait and bearing, dining out, music and dance, toothpaste, blue make-up, soaps, etc.
Numerous tables make the book easy to consult and use.
It was written by Constantin James (1813-1888), medical doctor and dermatologist in Paris, who published this work for publicity purposes.

Copy printed on China paper, possibly the only one of its kind.


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