Antiquarian (1912) hardcover Christian book entitled Eric or Little by Little: A Tale of Roslyn School written by Frederic W. Farrar. Published and printed in London, England Adam & Charles Black. This 1912 edition is the second printing of the book.
THIS HARDCOVER BOOK IS COMPLETE AT 368 PAGES | NO dust jacket. Original illustrations by Gordon Browne.
About the author: Frederic William Farrar was a cleric of the Anglican Church of England, schoolteacher and author. Notably, he was also a pallbearer at the funeral of Charles Darwin in 1882. A Member of the Cambridge Apostles Secret Society - also sometimes referred to as the Cambridge Conversazione Society - an elite intellectual society at Cambridge University, Farrar went on to become Archdeacon of Westminster (1883 to 1894) and ultimately, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral from 1895 until his death in 1903.
About the title: Eric, or, Little by Little A Tale of Roslyn School deals with the descent of a boy, Eric, into moral turpitude of a boy at whilst attending an English boarding school. The son of a British worker and his wife, stationed in India (where Farrar himself was born), young Eric is sent to England to be educated at the Roslyn School where he encounters both the positive and negative aspects of a traditional boys' school. Eric suffers a great deal of misfortune at Roslyn, constantly being punished for things he did not do and getting bullied by other students. As the story progresses, Eric has fallen into heavy drinking and smoking, carousing and generally poor moral behavior, This book was one of the three most popular boys' books in mid-Victorian Britain. The school itself - Roslyn School - is a thinly disguised cross between Farrar's own school of King William's College in the Isle of Man and Marlborough College, of which he was the Schoolmaster.
Condition of book: In VERY GOOD! antique condition, the book has a strong, sturdy spine and bind with NO! pages separating from it, although there is stress to the bind in places. The embossed covers show wear and light blemishes and there is fraying to the top and bottom of the spine. Internal pages show the expected foxing for newsprint of the period and there are spots of browning to some pages. All text is clear and legible and all illustrations, drawn specifically for the book by Gordon Browne, are bright and vivid. Book has NO! NO! dog-eared corners. There is an old library sleeve from the 1900s affixed to the inside front cover of the book.
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