London: Humphrey Milford Oxford University Press, 1921. Oxford Edition. Hardcover octavo (18 x 12cm), pp. [4, blank], xvii, 19-379, [5, blank] including frontispiece with tissue guard, six drawings by H.M. Brock and other illustrations + 4 black and white photographic plates; later brown calf binding for Church of England Preparatory School Toowoomba, banding and lettering in gilt on the spine, lettering in gilt on the cover, blind borders to boards, blind detailing to the top edges of inside covers, marbled edges of text block and endpapers.
Spine, corners, fore edge and bottom edge very gently rubbed; covers lightly scratched, top edge of text block a touch dust toned, gentle nibbling to fore edge; previous owner’s English prize bookplate on first paste-down; versos of endpapers and the first and last five pages are foxed, distinct spotting until page vii, then mostly clean with very occasional spotting; 75mm creasing to top corners of pages 65-103. Item #938
Tom Brown’s School Days is a novel set in the 1830s at a British boy’s public school. It influenced a genre of British school novels including Charles Hamilton’s Greyfriars School, James Hilton’s Goodbye, Mr Chips and Ronald Searle’s St Trinian’s. This copy was rebound for the Church of England Preparatory School Toowoomba.