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Self-Help;

With Illustrations of Character and Conduct

By Samuel Smiles

1859 - London - John Murray

7.5" by 5", xii, 343, 4pp

 

 
 
 

 
 

 

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A scarce first edition of Samuel Smiles' pioneering and influential work on self-improvement.

Not seen at auction since 1983.

Samuel Smiles (23 December 1812 16 April 1904), was a Scottish author and reformer. The origins of this work, Smiles' most famous, lay in a speech he gave in March 1845 in response to a request by a Mutual Improvement Society, published as The Education of the Working Classes.

Routledge rejected publishing Self-Help in 1855. Twenty years later Smiles was seated next to George Routledge at a dinner, and he said to him: "And when, Dr. Smiles, are we to have the honour of publishing one of your books" Smiles replied that Mr. Routledge had had the honour of rejecting Self-Help. Although John Murray was willing to publish Self-Help on a half-profits system, Smiles rejected this as he did not want the book to lose its anecdotes. In 1859 he published the book at his own expense and risk, retaining the copyright and paying John Murray ten per cent. commission. It sold 20,000 copies within one year of its publication.

Bound by Edmonds and Remnants of London, with a binder's label to rear pastedown.

Publisher's catalogue to rear.

CONDITION

In a cloth-covered binding. Externally, worn with bumping to extremities. Splitting to joints and loss to cloth at head and tail of spine. Internally, generally firmly bound. Generally bright but with foxing throughout, though heavy only to first and last few pages.

Overall: FAIR


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