Treatise on Elegant Living

Be the first to review this product

Availability: In stock

$12.95
OR

Quick Overview

Honore de Balzac's 1830 Treatise on Elegant Living was a keystone text on dandyism, preceding Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's Anatomy of Dandyism (1845) and Charles Baudelaire's “The Dandy” (in The Painter of Modern Life, 1863), and marking an important shift from the early dandyism of the British Regency to the intellectual and artistic dandyism of nineteenth-century France.

Treatise on Elegant Living

Double click on above image to view full picture

Zoom Out
Zoom In

More Views

  • Treatise on Elegant Living

Details

The Treatise is the first true philosophical expression of dandyism, and is full of well-crafted aphorisms: “Elegant living is, in the broad acceptance of the term, the art of animating repose,” runs one classic definition of dandyism, and “One must have studied at least as far as rhetoric to lead an elegant life” asserts the importance of verbal pirouette and dexterous quipping to the dandy.

Further embellished with anecdotes and historical and personal illustrations, Balzac's Treatise even features a fictitious encounter with the original dandy himself, Beau Brummell. Never before translated into English, this witty tract makes for an illuminating cornerstone to Balzac's Human Comedy (which was originally to have included a never-completed four-part philosophical “Pathology of Social Life”).

Above all, it represents a decisive moment in the history of dandyism, and an entertaining exposition on the profundities of what lies deepest within all of us: our appearance.

Additional Information

Author Honore de Balzac / Napoleon Jeffries (translator)
Publisher Wakefield Press
Page Count 86pp
Publication Size 4.5 x 7
Publication Notes softcover, with flaps
Publication Date February 28, 2010
ISBN 978-0984115501

You may also be interested in the following product(s)

Mustaches: For Fun and Profit

Mustaches: For Fun and Profit

$4.00
Pocket Stache

Pocket Stache

$7.95
One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair

One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair

$19.95
Sweet 'Stache: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them

Sweet 'Stache: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them

$10.95

Product Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.