Cambridge: Macmillan, 1857. First Edition. Octavo, viii, 420 pp., no advertisements at the rear. Contemporary blue morocco, with gilt rule on the front and rear boards, spine with raised bands, gilt titles and design, all page edges gilt. Some wear along the outer hinges, else a Near Fine copy. Hughes' novel about public school life in England during the 1830s, based on the his and his brother’s experiences, is perhaps the most influential of early British “school novels,” and the one which firmly established the genre that now includes such fictional schools as St. Trinians, Greyfriars, Mr. Chips' Brookfield, and even Hogwarts. Sadleur 1235, Wolff 3332.