How to Live the Life of a Proper Gentleman [Allestree, Richard (1621/2-1681)]. The Gentleman's Calling. Written by the Author of The Whole Duty of Man. London: Printed by Edward Jones, For Edward Pawlet, 1696. [xxvi], 165,  pp. Includes two-page publisher catalogue. Copperplate engraved allegorical frontispiece. Private Devotions, pp. -165, preceded by a title page. Octavo (7-1/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked in period style, raised bands to spine, hinges mended. A few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints starting at ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, early armorial owner bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning to text, light foxing and minor stains in places, brief recent annotations in light pencil to margins of a few leaves, faint early owner signature to title page. $350. * Later edition. Allestree was a Royalist churchman and provost of Eton College. First published in 1662, The Gentleman's Calling is a guide to the proper behavior of a gentleman. It was intended to serve as an antidote to the corruption of gentlemanly traits by Restoration culture. An instant classic, it went through several editions and issues into the eighteenth century. As indicated by the image of Lady Justice on the allegorical title page in our edition, it considers, indirectly, proper legal behavior along with other forms of conduct. English Short-Title Catalogue R3415.
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