Books: Salubrious, Sprightly Bath

BATH—Edith Sitwell—Smith & Haas ($3.50).

When Richard ("Beau") Nash came to town, in the summer of 1702, Bath was simply a second-rate provincial spa, crowded with quacks and gamesters, sadly lacking in manners and fashionable society. Beau Nash made Bath quite the thing. Though Authoress Sitwell does not diagram the mechanics of the Beau's career, it hoisted him rapidly to be Bath's arbiter elegantiarum. A gamester by profession, he exercised a soothing influence on other gamesters. Dandy of dandies, by precept & example he made others toe the line. He published a...

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