About this item
Spine is noticeably crooked and corners of boards are slightly folded. There is some fading at the top of the cover and down the spine edges. The text block edges, considering the age of the book, are in very good condition and are gilt. The back of the book contains a two page publisher's catalogue (Hodder & Stoughton).
Tailbot Baines Reed (1852-1893) was an English writer specialising in books for boys. Two of his stories about boys' schools were The Fifth Form at St Dominic's and The Adventures of a Three Guinea Watch. Talbot Reed, more than any other late 19th century writer, was responsible for the popularity of school stories in British children's fiction. The Willoughby Captains is one of Reed's school stories. In this novel the main plot centres around a boat race. There is a very tight bend along the course. At a crucial moment one of the rudder lines breaks and the boat goes out of control. Later it is discovered that the line had been partially cut before the race. Now it must be determined who cut the line and why.
This is a first edition copy published 123 years ago in 1887. Its minor physical impairments are easily overshadowed by its age and beauty. The cover has a lovely nostalgic picture of a boat race on the front.
With several beautiful black and white illustrations inside, this book is a must-have for any collector of rare or first edition books, or maybe as a present for those who enjoy reading such unique books. Would be an ideal gift for an Oxford or Cambridge blue who likes reading.
- Talbot Baines Reed
- Good ++
- Number of pages:
- Hodder & Stoughton
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