"Samuel Smiles is alive and well and available to lead us into the next decade...The Victorian moralist's universal best-seller...is a better guide to the prevailing political and economic orthodoxy than the incomprehensible texts of that other 19th century thinker, Karl Marx." Joe Rogaly, The Financial Times. "The message of this book, which is ...Read More"Samuel Smiles is alive and well and available to lead us into the next decade...The Victorian moralist's universal best-seller...is a better guide to the prevailing political and economic orthodoxy than the incomprehensible texts of that other 19th century thinker, Karl Marx." Joe Rogaly, The Financial Times. "The message of this book, which is readable and full of stunning quotations, is: God helps those who help themselves. A century after smiles' death we have had to learn this all over again - the hard way." Paul Johnson, The Daily Mail. "Samuel Smiles' Self-Help is one of those books whose titles is so familiar that we think we have read it. To my shame I had not actually done so until it was splendidly reprinted this year." Peter Lilley, The Sunday Telegraph. "Self-Help is about the nobility of strengthening one's character and should provide food for thought." Times Higher Education Supplement. "As a storyteller [Smiles] is vivid, most of all when he conjures up the industrial revolutionaries: Wedgewood, Watt, Arkwright, George Stephenson and even Jonas Hanway, who taught City men their habit of carrying umbrellas." Christopher Fildes, The Spectator.Read Less
Fair. No Dustjacket. 1887. 415 pages. No dust jacket. Maroon cloth hardcover, with gilt titling on front and spine. Lightly tanned pages and firm binding, with fair tanning on fore-edge. Neat inscription on ffep. Boards are good to fair, slight bumping and surface wear on corners and spine ends, with fair sunning on spine.
Fair. General wear to full leather bound boards, front boards is a little lose from the spine but just about hanging on, rubbed and bumped leather, gilt decorative border and emblem to front, content clean with a prize label dated 1894 to front paste down, marbled end papers and marbled page ends.
Fair. No Dustjacket. 1892. 415 pages. No dust jacket. Maroon cloth hardcover, with gilt titling on front and spine. Lightly tanned pages with fair tanning on fore-edge. Hinges are fairly cracked, yet pages remain tight. Light foxing on paste downs and on opening-closing pages. Waters mark along extremities of rear end paper. Boards are fair, light rub markings on front and back, fair sunning on spine, fair bumping on spine ends and tearing to bottom half of spine hinge.
Good. Blind stamped green cloth with black and gilt details, there is some rubbing to the hinge edges and heads of the spine where there is also some light fraying. The corners are well bumped and rubbed to the points. Internally, there is a partial crack in the front hinge, weakening it slightly. The endpaper areas are spotted with light spotting appearing intermittently throughout. The uneven page edges have a fair tone.
GiFT QUALITY. 5X7. Exceptional leather bound cover with gilt bordering and adorned spine. Front has gilt seal which reads Schola Regia Aucklandensis A.D. 1605. Leather worn along seem where spine meets front cover. Inside covers and page edges have beautiful ink marbling. Front end page has penned dedication "Tom Nichol...Auckland Grammar School...Greek 1st Prize". Besides minimal age spotting, inside is pristine. _PAB_
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