The Arts of Beauty; or, Secrets of a Lady's Toilet. With Hints to Gentlemen on the Art of Fascinating - Madame Lola Montez, Countess of Landsfeld 1858 - Dick & Fitzgerald, New York - First Edition ‘If Lola Montez’s life was a film script it would be rejected for being too far fetched. With Franz Liszt, Alexandre Dumas and King Ludwig of Bavaria among her many lovers, and shootings, drownings, bigamy and adultery, you just couldn’t make it up.’ - The Irish Times.

The beautiful and fiery Montez had fictional affairs with Harry Flashman,and is reputed to be the inspiration for Irene Adler, in Conan Doyle’s ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, her infamous ‘Spider Dance’ involved the discovery and removal of numerous spiders amongst her petticoats whilst whirling around in the style of a Spanish gypsy, and the various fatal endings of many lovers was just as spider like.

And in this rare little tome she reveals all the secrets required to be, well, Lola Montez. The last chapter provides ‘
Fifty Rules in the Art of Fascinating’. A superb example, without the us of powders, paints, pomades, embellishment, beautification, or sophistication.

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl... or more appropriately, Like the spider to a fly...

She is fatal to any man who dares to love her.’ - Alexandre Dumas.
  Duodecimo (book size 17.1 x 12 cm), pp. [2] xvii [1] 19-132 [12 (publisher’s ads] [2]. In publishers brown cloth, decorated in blind, spine and front board with additional lettering and decoration in gilt, brown coated endpapers, ad pp. (12mo) original brown cloth, stamped in gilt and blind.   Condition: Near fine, some light chips to rear endpaper, and dulling of gilt to spine.   Ref: 109488   Price: HK$ 15,000