Excerpt from The Season: An Annual Record of Society in New York, Brooklyn, and VicinityIt has seemed to the compiler of this little souvenir that the festive aspects of life, its social pleasures and merry-makings, however ephemeral they may appear to be, demand a fitting record; and as properly as many others of the wants of the complex life of a great city like New York demand their satisfaction. The cheerfulness with which most people in the best society furnish reports of social gatherings at their houses, and the interest taken in the daily social record, when printed in a clean and respectable newspaper, are grounds for believing that the gathering of the best and most trustworthy of such reports in a handsome volume will be approved by all of the large number of people who will obviously be personally interested in such a book. Resembling somewhat the books made up from the English Court Journal, it is not an imitation of the English, and its conception was as independent of them as the venture is novel on this side of the ocean. Excepting to correct the reports of the newspapers, The Season will not go beyond them in chronicling society, while it will be more conservative in circulating only among those personally interested. As a social history The Season is expected to be its own excuse for being, and to increase in value as the years pass; for it is the intention of the compiler to publish it at the close of every social season, or in the early summer. Its descriptions of weddings in the better class of society will make it a sort of family record; and it is expected that the report of one's own wedding, or that of a friend, will be more attractive to look upon in such a book than in the shape of a newspaper clipping, which latter is more than likely to be missing when wanted. It will thus become - in one sense - an elegant wedding certificate. How valuable a record of the doings of beaux and belles in days gone by may become was shown during the weeks of preparation for Mrs. Vanderbilt's fancy-dress ball, when the house of a prominent lady was the most popular in the city because she had pasted in an old scrapbook a yellow clipping that recorded the fancy costumes and the names of those who, in paint and powder, stepped through the minuet at Mrs. W. E. Schermerhorn's ball, years ago. The weeks referred to also proved that scarce two of New York's oldest fashionable residents could agree as to the dates, places, or features of former fancy-dress balls.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.