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Aids to Scouting for N.-C.Os & Men.

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Published: London Gale & Polden, Ltd, [c.1900]

Stock Code: 127558

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Early reprint with a leaf with "General Sir Redvers Buller on the Value of Scouting" recto and Press Opinions verso bound before the title page, but retaining the note verso of the title explaining how the proofs were sent out of Mafeking with "the last despatches that got through the Boer lines." In 1897 Baden-Powell was promoted to Brevet-Colonel, the rank he is assigned on the front cover and title page of this issue. In May 1900 he was promoted to Major-General, later issues subsequently updating his rank. Drawing on his experiences in Africa and India, Baden-Powell put together this small guide on reconnaissance and bushcraft whilst bottled up in Mafeking. It was a huge success, selling 100,000 copies in just a few months. His celebrity status after the relief of the siege "made him an attractive figure to voluntary organizations seeking his endorsement. In particular he became aware that his military manual Aids to Scouting was being used by church organizations, such as the Boys' Brigade and the Young Men's Christian Association" (ODNB). He was made Vice-President of the Boy's Brigade in 1903. However, he became convinced that his very particular ethos and training methods, "with their focus on individual responsibility, fitness, and reconnaissance, could be used in a non-military environment" and set about recasting Aids to Scouting as the manifesto for his own youth movement. The first experimental camp was held at Brownsea Island in 1907, and Scouting for Boys published in 1908. A fragile little book and consequently uncommon, particularly in such good condition.

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Duodecimo. Original red linen on card wraps, titles printed in black to covers and written in manuscript to spine, pink advertisement endpapers.


"London" stamped in blind to rear cover. Dated "1899" in pencil to head of front free endpaper. Spine gently rolled and lightly faded, faintly soiled covers, slight bleeding of pink from endpapers onto foot of book block fore edge, faint foxing to contents, first two gatherings a little sprung but holding; a well-preserved copy of this fragile publication.


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