Very Good. Workman Publishing, 1980. Slipcase in very good condition, lightly rubbed and age-toned, showing slight chipping on corners. Red clothbound hardcover with gilt lettering, in very good condition. Covers are slightly rubbed. Binding is tight. Pages are clean and unmarked, though slightly age-toned. 224 pp.
Williams, Oliver and Robin Holland. NEAR FINE in Near Fine Dustjacket. SLIPCASE, 9 x 6". Clean, crisp volume. Slipcase near fine in Madras plaid design. Sunning to 1.25" down front edge and inside edge of case back. A tiny.5" diagonal worn line to top upper back of case and a light bit of wear to edges. Black title framed within a 4.5 x 2.25" white rectangle with "Look, Muffy, a Book for Us." in smaller print under the title, to front of slipcase. Debossed silver metallic lettering to spine of red cloth-covered boards. A 2.5" round, debossed silver metallic emblem reading "Semper P R E P A R A T U S " to front board. Manila colored front endpapers illustrated with The Official Preppy Family Tree in navy lettering, still blank. Loads of black and white illustrations and photographs! 224 pp. Very clean, tight, bright! A very entertaining, tongue-in-cheek read. Get a feeling of what it was like to live the preppy life-style. "In addition to insights on prep school and university life at socially acceptable schools, it illuminates many aspects of upper-class, old money WASP society. Topics range from appropriate clothing for social events to choosing the correct college and major, " (Wikipedia).
While this book really is dated in many ways (it was, after all, written over 20 years ago) it's still a pretty funny read.
It'd be great to see an updated version of this -- maybe one that includes popular preppy blogs and websites like Unabashedly Prep, Ivy Style and The Preppy Princess. I have little hope of seeing this, actually...but I'd certainly buy a copy!
Sep 6, 2007
even though it's a few years old, this is a supremely satisfying read. a must for all of those, like myself, who dream of one day being a true east coast preppie.
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