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The English gentleman and gentlewoman

The English gentleman and gentlewoman

North countryman Richard Brathwaite’s popular treatise, here in the third edition of 1641, comes from the Courtesy Book Collection. The engraved title and accompanying page of explanation almost make an essay of advice in themselves. Note the lady rejecting the empty compliments of a ‘Phantasticke gallant’ and ‘presenting to his eye the object of an ape, as a complete embleme of his formality’. Moderation is seen ‘reposing in a private harbour, as one secured from danger’. Nesting on the sea is a halcyon, said to charm the wind and waves, and, at his feet, a tortoise betokens firmness.