Boys grooming mags were also published in the 17th century!

November 11th, 2008 - 6:41 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 11 (ANI): A book from the 17th century, which is quite similar to the present-day lads grooming magazine, has been discovered.

The book written in the age of Oliver Cromwell by Francis Osborne carries advices about better conduct for young men.

Advice to a Son; or Directions For your Better Conduct Through the various and most important Encounters of this Life was well received for its literary mix of pragmatism and cynicism, and was considered sound common sense by many of Osborne’’s educated male readers.

The book containing Osborne’’s views was printed in Oxford and published in 1656, four years before the restoration of the monarchy.

The chapter headings on the front cover are: I. Studies etc. II. Love and Marriage. III. Travell. IV. Government. V. Religion.

The quotes in the book deal with every aspect of life.

I have heard a well-built-woman compared in her motion to a ship under saile (sic); yet I would advise no wise man to be her owner, the Telegraph quoted him as having written in one section.

Imitate not the wild Irish or Welch, who during eclipses, run about beating kettles and panns, thinking their clamour and vexations available to the assistance of the higher orbes…

Never buy but with ready money; and be drawne rather to fix where you find things cheape and good, then for friendship or acquaintance, he had written on finance.

Osborne seems to have written the book with bachelors in mind, as he thought children more trouble than they are worth.

The book’’s pragmatism and cynicism may have furthered its rapid acceptance. Its frank and practical aim was to guide the reader to material success in a treacherous, self-seeking world. Popular with Oxford scholars, it enjoyed a wide readership outside the university as well, an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography stated. (ANI)

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