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Da Libra [Daniel L. Brain]. Women Types of To-Day. The Venus, the Juno, the Minerva. London: Stock, 1907.
On blue cloth front cover, title appears in red, subtitle types in silver script, and in lower right in red: "A Study by Da Libra," the name as if in signature. On the title page the title and subtitle continue: "Or/ Modern Casts from Ancient Moulds" in small caps. "A Study, Dedicated to Both Sexes," in gothic lettering, "By/ Da Libra." in pencil annotated "pseud/ Colonel Brain." The introduction quickly establishes the strange blend of the text and its effervescent style. "In this work there might be found sign-posts or aids in the scrutation of types" (vi) in the effort to "classify women, as a naturalist does" (iii-vi). The next section, "Cover Device," explains the cover's design: the types appear on the cover in calligraphy characteristic of their respective types ("enlarged from those written by models of the respective types" (vii). The types appear in silver to symbolize the night and the moon, and the color blue is an emblem of "the Firmament" (viii). Few named women appear in the book, though passages will catalogue eminent women, for instance Semiramis, Zenobia, Sappho, Cleopatra, on up to Mrs. Somerville, on pp. 10-11. Under the header "TYPES--CAREERS OF LIFE [CHAP. III." and subheading "IN SOCIETY": "In middle age the Venus and Juno types approach each other as to form and disposition, though their leading characteristics will be preserved" (98). Epigraphs and excerpts from famous writers such as Ovid interrupt the prose, e.g. pp. 232-3. An exception appears in discussing the famous women who "ruled Kings" in France; ch. vii, pp. 300-13, includes various named women. See Cole.
TOC: Chapter I: Types Considered: Beauty generally - Past and present types - Have women types of old been excelled? - Types in novels - The study of types - Non-comprehension of types - Why no men types ; Chapter II: The Prototypes in the Classics: The classics shelved - Siege of Troy - Venus - Juno - Minerva - The 'Iliad' - The 'Aeneid' - The Argonauts - The 'Odyssey' - From various poems" ; Chapter III: Types - Careers of Life: First to finish - School days - Coming out - Middle age - In society, in the home - A glance at the unions - Affinities - Spinsterhood - Conclusion ; Chapter IV: Types - Manners and Feelings: Shopping - Abroad - Fitness - Facing danger - Religion - The Venus - The Juno - The Minerva - The Refusal - Home occupations - Conversation - Altering influences: Mental, Physical ; Chapter V: Types 'En Abandon': The playground - Men met - The loud man - The manly man - The ladies' man - The old beau - The atypic and tact ; Chapter VI: 'Abandon' Caged: The sea voyage - Climate and scenery - Pairing off and courting - The Venus - The Juno - The Minerva - Conclusion - The atypic - Expression - Hints ; Chapter VII: Types in Communities: Continental women generally - The Frenchwoman - The political state - The domestic state - Reserve - Grades of society - Jumping the fences ; Chapter VIII: Types - 'Adrift' and 'Astray': Types 'adrift' - Self-dissolution - 'Lucrece' - 'Panthea' - 'Haidée'- Paulina - Types 'astray' - Platform ethics - Ignorance of types .
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