Life and Labour.
Or characteristics of men of industry, culture and genius.London: John Murray, 1887 Stock Code: 124687
NotesFirst edition. Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) had achieved wide fame with his 1859 work Self-Help, which promoted self-reliance and self-improvement, and has been seen as one of the defining texts of the Victorian era. "Believing that his essential message was only partially accepted and cautious about the effect of the extension of the franchise in 1867, he developed his theme in Character (1871), Thrift (1875), Duty (1880), and Life and Labour (1887). By the 1890s, Smiles's individualism had lost its interest and in 1896 Murray turned down 'Conduct', the last of the series" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original brown cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, blind-stamped coat of arms to front cover.
Later ink inscription to front free endpaper. Spine lightly sunned, rolled, and bumped at ends, light marking to front cover, front hinge splitting, else a very good copy.
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