We were recently introduced to the works of Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy (read his blog here), self-described Mammal of Paradise, a most amazing advocate for the benefits of a life of Grace and Beauty, which we, of course, are hearty champions of as well! His book, The Affected Provincial's Companion, Volume One, promises (and delivers, gloriously) the reader the following:
Feats of Sartorial Cunning! Jaunty Verse! Deftly Rendered Turns of Phrase! Witticisms! Unbridled Pedantry! Dust Motes! Icy Hauteur! Well-Muscled Hindquarters!
The book is absolutely gorgeous through and through (as you know, Gentle Reader, we are great admirers of the classic, vintage-inspired book), from its leaf-green hardcover stamped silver foil to the charming magenta endpapers with a hilarious pattern of woodland critters, to the multitude of charming and enlightening diagrams within. It was designed, illustrated and typeset by the author and we heartily applaud the results!
A must read for any man about town. Above, a jaunty diagram accompanying a chapter titled "On the Perils of Sportswear. Or, a Battery of Irrefutable Misgivings Concerning a Shambling Citizenery and Its Detrimental Effects on the Fostering of a Civil Society; Included is a Five-Point "Fopwa" That Might Spare Our Nation the Shame That Comes with Being a DEN of UBIQUITY." See also, "Get Thee to Haberdashery. Or, the GENTLEMAN as a Revolutionary Archetype and his Role in the Demise of the GUY (A Brief Meditation.) Diagram pictured below:
(Fig. 8: The Guy (and thus a rascal) Acne, coldsore; Fused vertebrae (guitar, girl trouble); Painted into a corner. Fig. 9: The Gentleman Perfect coif; Pockets full of the finest lint; Shoeshine seen from orbit.)
Diagram accompanying a chapter entitled "Now That You Are A Man. Or, a Young Gentleman's Guide to the Proper Grooming of Facial Hair."
Get thee to a bookshop (or order online here or here) immediately and add this wonderful book to your library - it is brimming with brilliant insight and amusing musings; a required volume for any aesthete. You will not regret the purchase! A far more civilized, beautiful life now lies within the grasp of your trembling fingertips...