Manchester: Labour Press, 57 and 59, Tib Street, 1896.
First edition. 168,  pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Gray original cloth. Almost fine Item #59128
Edward Carpenter was born into easy circumstances in Brighton, a seaside town on the English south coast, in 1844. His father was of Cornish descent and his mother, Scottish. He came from a large family, having 3 brothers and 6 sisters all of whom he outlived. His brother Charles entered the Indian Civil Service, George went into the Army, and Alfred into the Navy. Edward attended Brighton College (as did Rodney Collin, a pupil of the philosopher, Peter Ouspensky) and went up to Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he read mathematics. He took Holy Orders which he relinquished (1873) and joined the University Extension Movement, traveling mainly in the north of England as a lecturer in such varied subjects as astronomy, musical composers and styles, sound and light, sun worship and Christianity, the status of women in early Greek times, the meaning of pain, and the Upanishads. It was these lectures that brought him to the outskirts of the northern city of Sheffield in 1877, where he spent the largest part of his life.