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.