How a man uses money-makes it, saves it, and spends it-is perhaps one of the best tests of practical wisdom. -from "Money-Its Use and Abuse" Who better to take inspirational advice from than a man named Smiles? But unlike the feel-good cheerleading that the term "self-help" says to us today, to Smiles it might well have been synonymous with "hard ...Read MoreHow a man uses money-makes it, saves it, and spends it-is perhaps one of the best tests of practical wisdom. -from "Money-Its Use and Abuse" Who better to take inspirational advice from than a man named Smiles? But unlike the feel-good cheerleading that the term "self-help" says to us today, to Smiles it might well have been synonymous with "hard work." For this 1859 volume is dedicated to "stimulat[ing] youths to apply themselves diligently to right pursuits, -sparing neither labour, pains, nor self-denial in prosecuting them-and to rely upon their own efforts in life." Though the author himself admits his lessons are "old-fashioned but wholesome," he nevertheless delivers stern but well-intentioned lectures on such commonsense concepts as the importance of learning from failure, how work is the best teacher, and the value of thrift, gentility, and honesty, all peppered with examples of such noble industry from the lives of writers, scientists, artists, inventors, educators, philanthropists, missionaries, and-gulp!-martyrs. It's as if all paternal wisdom had been reduced to a single book. British writer, political reformer, and moralist SAMUEL SMILES (1812-1904) trained as a doctor but found fame as a journalist, contributing to several British newspapers and serving as editor of the Leeds Times from 1838 to 1845. Among his other inspirational titles are Character (1871), Thrift (1875), and Duty (1880).Read Less
Good. No Dustjacket. 1876. 415 pages. No dust jacket. Good to fair condition hardback; as expected for age. Covers, boards, pages, and binding are presentable with no major defects. Minor issues may exist such as shelf wear, inscriptions, light foxing and tanning.
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. 1877. 415 pages. No dust jacket. Green decorative cloth. Mild tanning, foxing and rub markings to end papers and text block. Hinge is cracked but pages remain firm. Spine has rips to the edges revealing netting and top edge, . Boards have mild warping, scuffing and rub wear. General edge wear and corner bumping.
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.
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