New York: Bartholomew House, Inc., Publishers, 1951. Early Printing. Octavo, publisher’s stiff printed wraps over stapled textblock.
"Good manners spring from just one thing: kind impulses." First edition of American gossip columnist and etiquette authority Elsa Maxwell’s first book. Friends with the likes of Cole Porter, Jacqueline Kennedy, Gary Cooper, Mussolini, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Maria Callas (who spurned Maxwell, a closeted lesbian, and broke her heart), the high society impresario began her career as a vaudeville star. Working her way up the celebrity social ladder, Maxwell established a multifaceted career as a professional hostess to the stars, songwriter, screenwriter, and soon earned her own radio program, Elsa Maxwell’s Party Line, and a syndicated column for Hearst publications. This guide to developing poise and self-confidence comprises advice on what and what not to wear for social gatherings; how to conduct yourself in cabs, trains, airplanes, ships, at the movies, restaurants, weddings, cocktail parties, and clubs; tips for gift giving and writing cards, invitations, and other letters, and much more. Originally published in hardcover in 1951, this is an early paperback reprint. Light rubbing to extremities. Near fine. Item #5526