London: Adam and Charles Black, 1902. FIRST EDITION, 1915 re-issue using the 1902 sheets and title page, cased in a new polychrome-pictorial binding. Illustrated with 10 plates. Octavo. Publisher's blue cloth to spine and upper. Slight darkening to spine, very little bubbling to upper; light rubbing to extremities; browning to end papers with upper inner joint starting; a minute closed tear to lower margin of p.14; very light and marginal foxing to first 20 pages; edges toned. A very attractive, sound and tight copy of this rare title. Wodehouse's first book. The novel follows the lives of several of the schoolboys as they study, take part in their school sports (particularly boxing and running), and enjoy tea in their studies. After the school's sports trophies ('pots' in contemporary slang) are stolen in a burglary, the boys, their masters, and the police join in the hunt. The story was originally printed as a serial in Public School Magazine, commencing in January 1902, but when the magazine ceased publication in March that year, the remainder of the plot was summarised in the form of a letter from one of the characters. Item #39078
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