First printing of the famous American book on how to cultivate "the Best Society" – not through the aristocratic values of Europe, but through the American value of self-education.
"Thus Best Society is not a fellowship of the wealthy, nor does it seek to exclude those who are not of exalted birth..."
In her review of a 2008 biography of Post, Alexandra O. Hudson captures why etiquette books, and Post's ETIQUETTE in particular, became part of our popular consciousness: "As members of a 'society of equals'—and without a God-ordained order of birth and rank—Americans have always suffered from a collective case of status anxiety. For this reason, they have often looked to manners manuals to guide them in interacting with others to succeed in business and in life." Emily Post's work unified different strands of the American social experience into a coherent manual for cultural success. It proved especially useful amid mass urbanization and for immigrants adapting to life in the United States; the only other self-improvement book of the era that compares in influence is Dale Carnegie's 1936 HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. In both defining and reflecting the values of the early 20th-century United States, Emily Post's ETIQUETTE remains iconic.
Read more: Hudson, "The Surprising Lesson About American History Hidden in Emily Post's Classic Etiquette," in Time, 25 October 2019.
New York and London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1922. 9'' x 6''. Original blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine and front board. Illustrated with black-and-white photographic frontispiece and full-page plates throughout. xx, 627,  pages. Ink owner name on front endpaper. Bumping to corners and light edgewear to extremities: gilt bright. Short closed tear in gutter of title page and section heading; overall interior clean.
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