First edition. Signed by the author's widow to printed presentation plate. Contemporary full calf with boards ruled in gilt. The spine with five raised bands, gilt decoration to compartments and gilt morocco title label. Printed presentation plate to front pastedown inscribed to Charles J. Mott from Mary Arnold and dated Oct. 22nd 1842. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little marking to the boards and wear to the corners. The contents with a hint of cracking to the front hinge, some light scattered foxing to the endpapers, a previous owner's inscription to the front endpaper and minor creasing to the top corner of pp.69-140 are otherwise in very good order and clean throughout. A handsome copy.
The last volume of sermons by the English educator and historian Thomas Arnold (1795-1842), most famous for his role as headmaster of Rugby School (1828-1841), where he introduced a number of influential reforms which redefined the practices of English public schools. An interesting association copy, inscribed by his widow; the printed presentation plate explains that a unnamed benefactor wished for this final work to be presented "to all who were members of the School at the time when [Arnold] was taken away". She adds that "it will make me happy indeed if his teaching may thus be brought home more deeply and lastingly to the hearts of all".
Stock code: 20066
London: B. Fellowes.