George Alfred Henty (1832-1902) was born at Trumpington near Cambridge and attended Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge University. He became a war correspondent and covered the Austro-Italian War, the 1868 British invasion of Ethiopia, the Franco-Prussian War, the Ashanti Wars, the Turco-Serbian War and rebellions in Spain. When he turned to ...
George Alfred Henty (1832-1902) was born at Trumpington near Cambridge and attended Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge University. He became a war correspondent and covered the Austro-Italian War, the 1868 British invasion of Ethiopia, the Franco-Prussian War, the Ashanti Wars, the Turco-Serbian War and rebellions in Spain. When he turned to writing fiction, his young protagonists became known as "Henty heroes" because they exemplified the cool, calm, intelligent qualities that he identified with the public school-in the British sense of private boarding school-lads who served the Empire. He authored more than 122 novels. Henty has been accused of jingoism and racism, but defenders can find examples that contradict that image. For example, in With Clive in India, a sympathetically described Indian servant marries a white woman, and in Freedom's Cause the hero bitterly attacks the English and the English monarchy. Yet those are exceptions. Quite simply, as a man of his times, in ideology he was an imperialist who believed in the values of the British Empire. Importantly, he was also a great storyteller, which is why his books have survived. The Henty Society in England holds meetings at places central to his life and maintains a lively web site at hentysociety.org
Illustrated Frontispiece. Good. No Jacket. This 5"x7.5" ANTIQUE, HARD COVER BOOK has a black and semi color illustrated cover with black lettering on the front and spine of the cover. The pages are browned, the owner's name is written on the inside, there is edgewear and some foxing. 229 pages.
Fair. (I'm posting here for lack of a better choice amongst the several catalog entries, and lack of add'l data to make a new entry of my own. Correct publisher, but year is not printed in book. From condition of paper [detailed later], I would have guessed much older than 1920; but it has the 4 stories listed only in this catalog entry, and a similar, albeit differently-posed &-equipped, soldier illustration on front cover. ) Book Tour: NO DJ (probably as-issued given its era). Would be Good or possibly better except for separated pages (none missing), 5 sheets at front and 1 at back (which is just an ad). (At front I infer the Contents and un-marked back side of that sheet to be "i" and "ii" since the Preface starts at "iii". ) Next worse is wear along back board bottom edge, 2" section toward left, cloth torn and even a nibble approaching 1/8" at center of this area taken out of the cardboard itself; doesn't seem like the "usual" chew-wear tho as only the board is affected (not adjacent pages). On to normal wear: Board outer corners, 1/8"-1/2" wear/bends, incl. cloth holes to those sizes along very edge/at corner tips. Top/bottom spine 1/8" wear incl. frayed cloth; spine faded (darkened? ) from blue to brown; yellow part of small illustration is quite worn, although black text & graphics remain clear (if faded). Other board edge wear spotty, to 1/8" (cloth intact). Board faces have some dirty spots; most specific wear is on front where yellow-painted parts of illustration show color-worn spots (black text & graphics print, and background cloth, show little specific wear yet manage to look old). Page edges were dyed blue, as apparent from sides & bottom, which have some dirt & wear marks; but have darkened to a spotty blackish-brown on top. Page faces clean but very tanned to foxed (but in a "tanned" not "spotted" sense); "spotty" foxing inside covers. Page corners mostly crisp except on the severed sheets. Fast, Professional Shipping w/ Tracking. "Best Descriptions, Toughest Grading! "
VG- 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Fuchsia cloth, lettered, illus., and decorated in black and green. Nouveau-styled floral decorations beneath title, illus. with a Bengal Lancer-like British infantryman holding a rifle and bayonet. Moderately soiled cloth, sunned spine panel, rubbed extremities. Former owner's signature on front flyleaf. Text block somewhat toned but otherwise intact, with firm binding, not brittle. Text block edges rather dulled by age. v, 301 pp., 10 pp. publisher's ads at rear.
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