First published in 1858 this is the 1898 edition published by A & C Black. Pictorial board cover and black end papers. A hugely popular book, Frederick W Farrar's classic tale of Roslyn school.
The book deals with the descent into moral turpitude of a boy at a boarding school. The author's preface to the first edition read:
'The story of ‘Eric’ was written with but one single object—the vivid inculcation of inward purity and moral purpose, by the history of a boy who, in spite of the inherent nobility of his disposition, falls into all folly and wickedness, until he has learnt to seek help from above. I am deeply thankful to know—from testimony public and private, anonymous and acknowledged—that this object has, by God’s blessing, been fulfilled.'
Eric is a son of a British worker and his wife stationed in India. As was common at the time of the British Raj, Eric is sent to Britain to be educated at a boarding school - in this case Roslyn School, where he encounters the good and bad aspects of the traditional boys' school.
He slowly gets beaten down by being punished erroneously for wrongdoings, getting bullied and such things as drinking, smoking and cheating. The end is tragic for Eric, as he loses everything.
There is an inscription in the front reading: 'To Leys Geddes, with Mrs Nicol's Love, Edinburgh May 31st 1900'.
Although the cover has some wear on its extremities, with bumped corners, the internal pages are in a good clean condition.