Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Size: 16mo; 32 pages
Publisher: London: MacMillan and Co., Limited, 1923.
A first English edition, gilded title on original red cloth in just about near Fine condition, lightly rubbed, little warping to boards. Also issued in gray paper wrappers. Livingston 486.
Rectorial address delivered at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland on October 10, 1923. Originally published as "Man's Desire for Independence" in The London Times. Kipling became Rector of St. Andrews in 1922. "The sole revenge that Maturity can take upon Youth for the sin of being young, is to preach at it. When I was young I sat and suffered under that dispensation."