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London: Gale and Polden. 1899. First edition. First edition. Publisher's limp red cloth covers, titles printed in black to the upper and lower panels, and in manuscript to the spine. 32mo (115mm x 95mm). 138pp. Page with General Sir Redvers Buller on The Value of Scouting dated December 1899 and press opinions to the reverse present before the title page. 8 pages of publisher's adverts, front and rear incorporating the underside of front and rear cover. A very good copy, the binding a little rubbed and lightly marked. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages showing only the occasional light finger mark to the margin and some dye bleed to the text block edge from the covers. A decent example in entirely original condition of this fragile and important volume, Scarce thus. On Baden Powell's return to England in 1903 and discovering that Aids to Scouting had sold 100,000's of copies and was being used as a teaching aid in schools and youth organisations, he decided to re-write it specifically for a youth readership. The result “Scouting for Boys”, published in six instalments in 1908, went on to be one of the best-selling books of the 20th century. The author retired from the Army in 1910, founding The Boy Scouts Association and the Girl Guides. We assume this to be a slightly later issue of the first edition as it incorporates a single page of press opinions (admittedly as in every copy of the first edition we have seen). The first edition point is generally considered to be the author's rank printed on the cover and title page (in 1897 the author was promoted to Brevet-Colonel and as the youngest Colonel in the British Army given command of the 5th Dragoon Guards in India; Returning to South Africa and after the Siege of Mafeking he was promoted to Major-General in May 1900). In the first edition the author's rank is Bt-Colonel, all later editions give his rank as Major-General or General on the title page and upper cover. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.
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