London: Macmillan and Co., 1881. xii,168,32pp. Half title. Original brown cloth, spine gilt and stamped in black. Spine cocked, front hinge starting, light wear to cloth. Contemporary ownership inscription on half title. Light tanning. Good. Item #WRCAM54007
An atypical work by the author of TOM BROWN'S SCHOOL DAYS, based on his association with an attempt to found a model community in Rugby beginning in 1879. Thomas purchased the land with some friends, and participated in the growth of the colony which became the largest town on that part of the Cumberland Plateau during the 1880s and 1890s. His mother and younger brother joined him as residents of the community. The soil report was compiled by F.W. Killebrew, the Tennessee Agricultural Commissioner.