Old Harrow Days. J. G. Cotton Minchin, F. Holms.
Old Harrow Days
Old Harrow Days
Old Harrow Days
Old Harrow Days
Old Harrow Days
Old Harrow Days
Old Harrow Days

Old Harrow Days

London: Methuen & Co., 1898. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good or better copy of the first edition, first printing, a sketch of some of the masters who taught at, and some notable boys who attended Harrow. Those mentioned in the book include Thomas Adolphus Trollope, Anthony Trollope, William Makepeace Thackeray, Lord Palmerston, Sir Robert Peel, Lord Byron, Lord Dalhousie (Governor General of India), Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Goderich, Thomas Malthus, and many others. Minchin describes Anthony Trollope as follows: "He is the great instance in our literature of a successful man of letters who cordially hated his alma mater - which unfortunately for us happens to be Harrow. Absolutely free from all humbug - witness his respect for Longman's name, but his liking it best at the bottom of a cheque - he could no more simulate an affection which he did not feel than change his skin. He had been a home boarder at Harrow, and had drunk the cup of bitterness to the dregs." Minchin then quotes Anthony Trollope's description of his misery at Harrow from Trollope's Autobiography. Minchin also quotes Sir William Gregory, who sat next to Anthony Trollope and who described Trollope as " a big boy, older than the rest of the form, and without exception the most slovenly and dirty boy I ever met. Sir Gregory went on to describe Trollope a being "rude and uncouth" but also as "honest and brave". Harrow is a prominent English boys school founded in 1572 by John Lyon under a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I and remains an important school even to this day. The book is in Very Good condition with a bit of rubbing to the leading board corners, some marking and a bit of bubbling to the cloth. Very good. Item #2856

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