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Mundus Foppensis The Fop Display'd   By: (1620-1706)

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Mundus Foppensis: OR, THE Fop Display'd. BEING The Ladies VINDICATION,

In Answer to a late Pamphlet, Entituled, Mundus Muliebris: Or, The Ladies Dressing Room Unlocked, &c.

In Burlesque.

Together with a short SUPPLEMENT to the Fop Dictionary : Compos'd for the use of the Town Beaus .

Prisca juvent alios; Ego me nunc denique natum, Gratulor hæc ætas moribus apta meis. Non quia nunc terra lentum subducitur aurum Lectaque diverso littore Concha venit. Sed quia cultus adest, nec nostros mansit in Annos, Rusticitas Priscis illa superstes avis.

Ovid de Arte Amandi. Lib. 3.

London, Printed for John Harris at the Harrow in the Poultry , 1691.

ADVERTISEMENT

There is newly published The Present State of Europe ; or, The Historical and Political Mercury : Giving an Account of all the publick and private Occurrences that are most considerable in every Court, for the Months of August and September , 1690. With curious Reflections upon every State. To be continued Monthly from the Original, published at the Hague by the Authority of the States of Holland and West Friesland . Sold by John Harris at the Harrow in the Poultrey .

There is newly published A plain Relation of the late Action at Sea , between the English and Dutch , and the French Fleets, from June 22th. to July 5th. last: With Reflections thereupon, and upon the Present State of the Nation, &c.

Written by the Author of the Reflections upon the last Years Occurrences , &c. London , Printed for John Harris at the Harrow in the Poultrey , Price 1 s.

THE PREFACE.

Ladies,

In the Tacker together of Mundus Muliebris, As it was a very great Piece of ill Manners, to unlock your Dressing Rooms without your Leave, so was it no less indecent in him to expose your Wardrobes to the World, especially in such a Rhapsody of Rhime Doggeril as looks much more like an Inventory than a Poem; however, he has only pilfer'd away the Names of your Varieties without doing ye any other Mischief; for there is nothing to be found in all his Index, nor his Dictionary neither, but what becomes a Person of Quality to give, and a Person of Quality to receive; and indeed, considering how frail the mortal Estates of mortal Gentlemen are, it argues but a common Prudence in Ladies to take Advantage of the Kindness of their Admirers ; to make Hay while the Sun shines; well knowing how often they are inveigl'd out of their Jointures upon all Occasions: Besides, it is a general Desire in Men, that their Ladies should keep Home, and therefore it is but reasonable they should make their Homes as delightful as it is possible; and therefore this Bubble of an Inventory is not to be thought the Effect of general Repentance, among your Servants and Adorers, but the capricious Malice of some Person envious of the little Remunerations of your Kindnesses for being disbandded from your Conversation; little indeed, considering the Rewards due to your Merits, otherwise it would be the greatest Injustice upon Earth for the Men to think of reforming the Women before they reform themselves, who are ten times worse in all respects, as you will have sufficient to retort upon them when you come by and by to the Matter.

But to shew that it is no new thing for Ladies to go gay and gaudy, we find in Ovid, that the Women made use of great Variety of Colours for the Silks of which they made their Garments, of which the chiefest in request among them were Azure, Sea green, Saffron colour, Violet, Ash colour, Rose colour, Chesnut, Almond Colour, with several others, as their Fancy thought fit to make choice; nor were they deny'd the Purple in Grain, overlaid with Pearl, or embroider'd with Gold: Nor was it a strange thing for the Roman Women to die their Hair Yellow, as an augmentation to their Beauty; nor did the severity of the times at all oppose it, but rather allow'd it... Continue reading book >>




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