London: Macmillan and Co., 1904. [Children's Literature] FINE PRIZE BINDING. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.xxiv; 308. With frequent in-text and full page wood engravings after Hughes and Hall by D. Cooper. Contemporary red full calf for Heddon Court School by BUMPUS, with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spine, and gilt school crest and motto to upper board, a well as the legend: 'Agnes Berridge Music Prize.' All edges gilt; marbled endpapers. School prize plate to front pastedown. Spine sunned and some rubbing to board edges. Very good. The classic public school story which started the whole thing off. Set at Rugby, the story focuses on the relationship between the main protagonist, Tom Brown, and his younger companion, whom he must save from the bullying of Flashman, and encourage at sport, particularly Rugby and Cricket. Eulogising the salutary effects of the British public school system, which is seen to temper the strong, harden the weak, crush the rakish and forge unbreakable bonds of friendship between the most unlikely of companions, it suggests the greatest strength of the British Imperial project was its pedagogical success in rural England. Item #53358
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