A modern review of "The Mirror of Graces" from The Regency Plume
Posted by Mary Collette on September 23, 1997 at 19:22:09:
Caroline and everybody,
As I promised as soon as I received my September/
October issue of The Regency Plume,I would give some quotes
from Marilyn Clay's review of "The Mirror of Graces",but
first I must appoligise for something I left out of a post
I posted last month.I posted some exerpts from an original
review of "The Mirror of Graces" from 1811,but I forgot to
mention from which publication it came.The review came from
the May 1811 issue of Ackermann's Repository;a fashion maga-
zine of the era.Now for a more modern review and a surprise.
I am going to make this short by quoting Ms.Clay's summary
"And how,I ask can a true devotee of the Regency
period be without this delightful volume so full of authen-
tic advice,colorfuldescription and lovely fashion plates not
commonly seen? Included also are recipes for many Regency-
era potions and sweet waters.REGENCY ETIQUETTE is a must
have!Now for the surprise.I am adding to this post two of
the recipes from the book.Both recipes are for my favorite
of the old fashioned sweet waters;Lavender Water.
Take of rectified spirits of wine a half pint,
essential oil of lavender two drachms,otto of roses five
drops.Mix all together in a bottle and cork it for use.
The second is a little more involved.
How to make Lavender Water.
Take four handfuls of dried lavender flowers,
and sprinkle on them one quart of brandy,the same
of white wine and rose-water;leave them to remain six days
in a large bottle well-corked up;let the liquor be distilled
and poured off.
I hope you liked the recipes and the review post
back and tell me what you thought.
Mary Collette List
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