Hints on Etiquette and the Usages of Society was an extraordinarily popular Victorian etiquette book. First published in 1834, by 1854 it had run to 28 editions.
To the modern reader many of the rules and advice may seem absurdly formal or complicated: ‘Eat peas with a dessert spoon; and curry also’. Even 19th-century readers could find it a source of comic amusement; Lewis Carroll’s satirical ‘Hints on Dining’ directly lampoons the section on dining etiquette shown here.
- Full title:
- Hints on etiquette and the usages of society ... By Ἀγωγός ... Twenty-eighth edition, revised, with additions, by a lady of rank.
- 1854, London
- Charles William Day
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Article by:
- Philip Ardagh
- Childhood and children's literature, The novel 1832–1880
Children's author Philip Ardagh looks at how Lewis Carroll transforms the highly-ritualised, rule-bound nature of 19th-century mealtimes into the madcap hilarity of the Hatter's tea party.