London: Macmillan, 1899. [Boarding school stories] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.[xii]; 272;  publisher's advertisements. Recent red half morocco over red cloth sides, top edge gilt, raised bands and gilt titles to spine. Original cloth front board and spine bound in at rear. Infrequent thumbing and spotting. Binding is tight and presentable. Near Fine. Kipling's boarding school stories; however — like boarding schools themselves — not for the faint-hearted, showing something of the truth of Hobbes' maxim that "man to man is an errant wolf". Teddy Roosevelt, himself no shrinking violet, characterised it as presenting "hardly a single form of meanness which it does not seem to extol". All of this serves the characters well in the end, thus vindicating the imperial principles on which it is so compelling based. Item #53257
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