Manners for the Metropolis. An Entrance Key to the Fantastic Life of The 400.

Etiquette for life among “The 400,” the élite members of fashionable New York Society


Etiquette book for social arrivistes about to join the fashionable New York Society of “The 400”—the best of the best families. The book was written by art and theater critic Francis W. “Frank” Crowninshield, himself a scion of a prominent Boston Brahmin family.

In the foreword he writes: “To our newer millionaires and plutocrats it should be a very present help in time of trouble, for it is undeniable that many of these captains of industry—however strong and virile their natures—become utterly helpless and panic-stricken at the mere sight of a gold finger bowl, an alabaster bath, a pronged oyster fork, or the business end of an asparagus.” Chapter titles include “Country Houses,” “Dinners,” “Calling,” “Our Country Cousins,” and “Newport.”

Charmingly illustrated in color in the poster-style by Louis Fancher (1884–1944), noted for illustrating the works of Gellet Burgess and designing propganda posters during the First World War.


Description: Manners for the Metropolis. An Entrance Key to the Fantastic Life of The 400.

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1908. Second Printing. Frontis., [10], [1–2], 3–[123]pp. + 3 Color Plates. Sm. 8vo. Pictorial paper boards. Illustrations by Louis Fancher. Some rubbing; corners bumped; boards with soiling; good.

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Price: $50.00