First edition, first printing. Publisher's original green cloth with titles in gilt to the upper board and spine. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Black and white photographic portrait frontispiece. 16pp. publisher's advertisements at the rear. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a couple of minor marks to the upper board, a little toning and a small mark to the foot of the spine and bumping to the corners. The contents with the odd minor pencil annotation and scattered foxing to the preliminary pages and occasionally to page edges are otherwise in very good order throughout.
A critical account of the author's early years working as a master at Eton College. Henry Stephens Salt (1851-1939) was a socialist, pacifist, pioneering author on vegetarianism and animal rights and noted literary scholar. One of the leading humanitarian thinkers and activists of his age, Salt counted William Morris, Leo Tolstoy, Edward Carpenter, Peter Kropotkin, George Bernard Shaw and Kier Hardie amongst his circle of friends. His numerous works on his intellectual heroes Percy Shelley and Henry David Thoreau were some of his most successful contemporary publications, however, his seminal writings on animal rights and vegetarianism remain the most influential. In the present work, Salt discusses the intellectual and ethical paucity of Eton, and public schools more broadly, thereby alluding to the reasons for his own departure and the purposes of his subsequent campaigning activities. The second edition of 1911 bore Salt's name on the title page, rather than 'O.E.', and carried the longer title "The Nursery of Toryism: Reminiscences of Eton Under Hornby".
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