1873 The Struggle for National Education
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Early Edition, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
The second edition of John Morley's comprehensive examination of England's contemporary education system. Originally published as a series of articles in the Fortnightly Review, this edited, extended version discusses the pros and cons of secular education, free school, school boards, as well as comparing systems with other nations. Although Morley eventually became Secretary of State for India between 1905 and 1910, and was Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1886, as well as between 1892 and 1895, the Liberal party member begun his career as a journalist for the Pall Mall Gazette. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown. This book previously belonged to Sydney Ansell Gimson who's family is best remembered as the principal founders of the Leicester Secular Society, which was the first in the world that promoted free thought, with no prejudice. There is widespread evidence of Gimson's commitment to education, as he was one of sixty to attend the first public meeting for the proposed University College in Leicester in 1922. He was also on the Committee of Leicester’s Wyggeston Grammar School and served on the Municipal Technical and Art Schools Committee and the Colleges of Art and Technology Committee from 1910 until his death.
Recased in the publisher's original chestnut cloth binding. Externally, rather smart. Lightly rubbed to the boards, spine, and the joints, with some light wear to the extremities. Lightly bumped to the head and tail of the spine, with a small closed tear in the cloth to the head. Internally, firmly bound. Aside from some very light spotting to the first two leaves, pages are bright and clean throughout.
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