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BADEN-POWELL, Robert Stephenson Smyth
Scouting for Boys: A handbook for instruction in good citizenship. Complete edition, revised and illustrated
London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd, 1908. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (195 x 128 mm). xii, 288 pp., including frontispiece and several illustrations in text. Bound in fine contemporary dark-purple-blue morocco, boards with gilt embossed floral decoration and ruling, spine has 5 raised bands with gilt-lettering and floral decoration in compartments, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers (minor rubbing to extremities, corners slightly bumped). Text with minor even browning, but generally clean and unmarked. Provenance: George Alexander Parfitt, inscribed on second flyleaf. Attractive copy in author's or publisher's presentation binding. ---- PMM / Printing and the Mind of Man 399. - FIRST EDITION in bookform, exceptionally rare, of Baden-Powell's classics. Scouting for Boys was originally issued in six fortnightly instalments of approximately 70 pages each, from January to March 1908. They were produced by Pearson's printer, Horace Cox. The book was largely based on Baden-Powell's military service in Africa, particularly at the Siege of Mafeking. It was so popular that on 1st May 1908 a complete edition containing a slightly revised text and with illustrations by Baden-Powell appeared in both hardback and paperback editions. This revised edition as well as the first printing by Cox are (surprisingly) of exceptional rarity. We can trace only two copies that have appeared at auction in the past 20 years, both being of the first printing by Cox. Scouting for Boys was Baden-Powell's rewrite of his earlier book Aids to Sco … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Milestones of Science Books [Germany]
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