The Philosophy of Beards

£7.99

This eccentric Victorian book argues a strong case for the universal wearing of a beard – that essential symbol of manly distinction since ancient times.

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Thomas S. Gowing contrasts the vigour and daring of bearded men through history with the undeniable effeminacy of the clean-shaven. He reminds the modern man that 'ladies, by their very nature, like everything manly', and cannot fail to be charmed by a 'fine flow of curling comeliness'. Gowing's book is now republished for the first time since 1850, accompanied by illustrations of impressive beards from history.

Author(s)
Thomas S. Gowing
Publisher
The British Library
Publication date
October 2014
Pages
80 pages
Dimensions
200 x 130mm, 10 black and white illustrations
Binding
Hardback

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