Tom Brown’s Schooldays. By an Old Boy. - Thomas Hughes, Edmund J. Sullivan (illustrator) 1911 - Macmillan & Co., London - Early Illustrated edition A pretty edition of this classic of English children's literature, and one of the earliest books written specifically for boys. It tells a story central to an understanding of Victorian life, but its freshness helps to distinguish it from the narrow schoolboy adventures that it later inspired.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout with black and white drawings by Edmund J. Sullivan, together with two folding colour maps to the rear, one of Rugby School and the other of Rugby and its environs.

Thomas Hughes (1822-1896) was an English lawyer and author and the idea for ‘Tom Brown's Schooldays’ came one day when he was wondering what to say to his son, aged 8, before he went off to Rugby. He decided that ‘good might be done by writing a real novel for boys, written in a right spirit but distinctly aimed at being interesting’. I believe his son still went to Rugby after hearing his father’s stories.
  Provenance: Sir Mervyn Lloyd Peel K.B.E. (1856-1929) of Danvrallt, Carmarthenshire, with his name in ink dated 1913, and a pasted in clip from the Welshman of 1914, annotated by Peel.

pp. xxiii[1] 312. In publisher’s green cloth, lettered and illustrated to spine an d front panel in gilt, with Rugby School arms and motto, top edge gilt.
  Condition: Fine   Ref: 108577   Price: HK$ 1,500