London: William Clowes and Sons, Limited, 1884.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003590
8vo (162 x 102 mm). vii (i.e., viii), 52 pp., text illustrations, 9 plates and maps (of which 4 folding). Original publisher's reg cloth, front boards gilt lettered (minor dust soiling, front board somewhat stained and spotted). Text and plates crisp and clean with little age-toning only. Provenance: Victor Le Gay Brereton* (inscribed on first flyleaf). ----
EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST EDITION of Baden-Powell's precursor treatise of the boy scouting movement. We do not know of any other copy that have come to market. OCLC lists 7 copies in public institutions: 2 in the UK (British Library, National Library of Scotland) and 5 in the USA (Boston Univ. Libraries, Harvard Univ., Yale Beinecke Library, US Army War College, US Army Field Artillery School).
*Victor Le Gay Brereton (1865-1941) was an Australian lawyer in Sydney, specialising in military and conveyancing law. In 1883, he was commissioned in the first New South Wales Infantry Regiment, and was made a lieutenant colonel in 1916, so that he could preside at courts-martial and military courts for prisoners of war. He became deputy Judge Advocate General in 1918 and Judge Advocate General three years later. - Visit our website to see more images!
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