[Letter] How to Kiss: J.A.J. [Letter] How to Kiss: J.A.J. [Letter] How to Kiss: J.A.J.

[Letter] How to Kiss

J.A.J.

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From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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Some things never change! Or do they? Coaching on romance that might be expected to come from a savvier, more experienced, or more boastful, peer, a fraternity brother, perhaps an actual bigger brother, with the off-color candor generally reserved then and now to face to face mentoring. Thus this seems to us a highly unusual relic capturing an attitude that was probably widespread but seldom committed to writing. Undated, mid-19th century. The letter begins: "Never be in a hurry when you go to kiss: it spoiles [sic] it, but just take it easy and let it last as long as possible. Here is a fellow who knows how to do it: hear him." In the next paragraph, which is short on punctuation: "First know who you are to kiss don't make a mistake although it may be a good one: don't jump up like a trout after a fly and smack a woman on the neck or the ear or the corner of her forehead or the end of the nose. The gentleman should be the taller he should have a clean face a kind eye and a mouth full of expression. Don't kiss everybody don't sit down to it: stand up. need not be anxious about getting in a crowt two persons are enough to (?) and catch a kiss more persons would spoil the sport. Take the left hand of the lady in your right. let your hat to to any place out of the way. throw the left hand gently over the shoulder of the lady and let it fall down the right side towards the belt. Don't be in a hurry. Draw her gently lovingly to your heart her head will fall lightly on your shoulder and a handsome shoulder strap it makes. . . . " And on it goes, repeating again and again "Don't be in a hurry". And the sensation: "the lifes mist the eyes close the heart opens the soul rides the storms troubles and enemies of life (don't be in a hurry") heaven (?) opens before you the (?) shootes under your feet as a meteor of lasses across the evening sky. . . " The letter is given on a folded lined sheet, which closed, measures 17.5 by 11 cm, and opens to twice the width, and writing is on the outside front and two pages within, making it three full pages, one page being of double width. The letter was also folded twice, and on the unlined outside when so folded is written across, "Practice makes perfect", with the initials of the writer in the lower corner. In the upper corner of the first page of the letter is a shallow stamped relief portrait of a woman's profile. Bookseller Inventory # 005005

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Title: [Letter] How to Kiss

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Book Condition:Near Fine

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