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[HUGHES, Thomas.] "An Old Boy".

Tom Brown’s School Days.

Published: Cambridge: Macmillan and Co, 1857

Stock code: 102457

Price: £1,500

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First edition of the author’s classic novel celebrating the ethos of ninteenth-century English Public Schools. The book’s popularity “must be linked to its powerful structuring myth in which Rugby School is England, and the experience of the boy, learning self-reliance so that authority may be delegated to him, symbolizes the experience of the man of the governing class (…) The novel’s opening paragraphs constitute one of the great evocations of Englishness (…)Vivid scenes of the trouncing of bullies, and the glories of the cricket and football fields, enliven the narrative, which also has much emphasis on boxing, for Hughes believed passionately in the healthiness and manliness of a fair fight.” (ODNB).

Octavo (184 x 123 mm). Finely bound by Riviere & Son in crushed blue morocco, spine gilt in compartments with gilt titles direct, boards with fillet borders and corner-pieces, gilt rolls to turn-ins, top edge gilt, brown coated endpapers, original cloth backstrip and sides bound in at rear. Housed in a black cloth solander box. Early library stamp to title page verso, finder mark to two binder’s blanks, box a little rubbed at extremities. An excellent copy.

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