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Clean and Decent: The Unruffled History of the Bathroom and the W.C
(and of Sundry Habits, Fashions & Accessories of the Toilet, Principally in Great Britain, France & America)
by Lawrence Wright
first edition, published in 1960 by Viking Press, Inc. (NYC)

From the dust jacket flap:
"Clean and Decent", says the author's preface, "is meant to entertain even if scholarship does keep breaking through." To the American publishers this is a traditional British understatement since, in addition to being vastly entertaining, the book is also continuously fascinating and frequently astonishing. On the one hand an extraordinary history of personal hygiene down the ages...it also contains a solid core of social history and innumerable lively reflections on changing manners.

+hardcover book with white cloth covering and black lettering on the spine and quite graphic image of two ladies bathing, etc. on the front; dust jacket in tact, but has significant tears and yellowing
+measures 5 1/2" x 9" x 1 1/4"
+282pp, many black and white illustrations (nearly on every page, if not on all pages)
+four articles were tucked inside on the subject of bathrooms (quite odd, but a welcome addition)

Good vintage condition. Dust jacket has some apparent wear. There is some similar discoloration, though not as bad, on the endpapers of the book. Interior pages are in excellent shape. On the first page of the Preface, there's some separating from the spine at the very bottom of the page, though this is an isolated incident and the spine is sturdy and strong otherwise.


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vintage 1960s book // Clean and Decent (The Unruffled History of Bathroom and the W.C.)


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: paper, board, thread, glue, printing ink
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