Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Size: Small 8vo; 32 pages
Publisher: London: MacMillan and Co., Limited, 1923.
A charming first English edition in Fine condition, grayish blue card wrappers. Ruled and lettered in dark blue. 20,000 copies printed. Also issued in red cloth. Livingston 486, Richards A343.
Kipling became Rector of St. Andrews in 1922 and gave this rectorial address at his inauguration the University of St. Andrews in Scotland on October 10, 1923. Originally published as "Man's Desire for Independence" in The London Times. "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."