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Everyone knows how difficult it is to be rich. The servants are unreliable, the private golf course is in the wrong place and the swimming pool collects debris. First published in 1900, this charming facsimile bemoans the lot of the millionaire and advises the rich on how to behave, though an unfortunate delay with the lavish colour plates means that subversive cartoons of fish have had to be hastily substituted. The plight of the plutocracy in the Colonies is particularly acute as no-one in Australia knows how to be an English toff. "Should I take a grouse moor for Whitsuntide, or is a stud-farm smarter?" cries one anguished correspondent. Selecting an eligible site for your new mansion is fraught with snags, for instance "Trafalgar Square is overlooked by an unfashionable Picture Gallery". Servants are a perennial problem, but "we are unable to recommend the modern ostentation of maintaining a private executioner." Written in the elaborate prose of the agony columns of the time, the book aims to instruct and console. Certainly not to amuse; these problems are serious. 46pp, line drawings.

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