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    An Extremely Rare Book on Scouting

    Bt.-Colonel R. S. S. Baden-Powell. Aids to Scouting, for N.-C.Os. & Men. London: Gale & Polden, [1899]. First edition of this rare book on scouting. Approximately 4.5 x 3.5 inches. Sixteenmo. 138, [2, publisher's ads]. Rebound in later brown cloth over limp boards. Mild rubbing, lacking three pages of ads. Still, a fine copy. [Together with:] A copy of the revised (second) edition. London: Gale & Polden, [1906]. Revised and enlarged (second) edition. Approximately 4.5 x 3.5 inches. Sixteenmo. [2, publisher's ads], xii, 178 pages. With fold-out diagram of Patrolling Formations. Original red cloth wrappers. Fine.

    Baden-Powell wrote this book whilst preparing for the defense of Mafeking in 1899, and submitted it for publication while on leave in England. The first publishing firm refused the book and Baden-Powell had his brother, Frank, submit the manuscript to Gale & Polden. They accepted it and sent the galley proofs to Baden-Powell who was back in Mafeking. As the siege was almost upon them, Baden-Powell returned the proofs with minor revisions (on the last dispatch). In fact, the copyright page states: "The Corrected Proofs of this Book accompanied the last Despatches that got through the Boer Lines."

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