This book is a classic account of how best to behave at various occasions, such as births, marriages, funerals and general gatherings of friends and family.
Insightful both for its contents and its depiction of how behavior was scrutinised in the upper strata of society in the late 19th century, this book was published anonymously by an author identified only as a 'Member of the Aristocracy'. Despite the writer's anonymity, the book received several revisions and proved popular among readers desiring to improve their social conduct.
The range of circumstances described in each short chapter are vast. This book contains advice on everything from how to behave in court trials, to the best enjoyment and habits to cultivate on days spent at home, to the most appropriate gifts to present during anniversaries and other special occasions, plus general etiquette both at home and at work.
Useful today as a cultural benchmark for the era in which it was published, Manners and Rules of Good Society is a comprehensive and all-encompassing primer on how best to behave. In spite of the passage of years since this edition's publication in 1918, much of the advice and ideas expressed remain relevant and useful to this day.