Special Feature: 1926 Handbook Plates
Original Art, "Scouts Signaling" 1911 Original Art Publication 1914 "11th Ed"
1914 "11th Ed" EBL Hardbound 1914 "11th Ed" EBL Dust Jacket 1915 "12th-14th Ed"
1916 "15th Ed" 1917 "16th Ed" 1917 "17th Ed"
1918 "18th Ed" 1918-1919 "19th-21st Ed" 1920 "22nd Ed"
1921 "23rd Ed Galahad" 1921 "23rd Ed Regular" 1921 "24th Ed"
1922 "25th-26th Ed" 1923-1937 "27th-37th Ed" Back A
Back B Back C Typical Page

Second Edition (1914-1937):

Cover Art: J. C. Leyendecker
Author: Various Authors

The 2nd Edition of the Handbook for Boys, published in 1914, continued the color change trend to a degree that is maddening to collectors! No fewer than 27 distinct printings were issued. Referred to as "Editions" on their title page, but actually more correctly "Printings." Note that in the first issues, the scout is making one of the few positions in Semaphore code that means nothing whatsoever. He is also signaling with Morse Code flags. The knot was missing below the first class emblem, and uniform insignia were improperly placed. It took the artist till 1921 to get all of the details right.

It resembled the 1st Edition in content and organization. However, World War I was erupting in Europe, so the book contained a reassuring note for parents who feared Scouting was designed mainly to train their sons to become soldiers: "The Boy Scout movement neither promotes nor discourages military training, its chief concern being the development of character and personal efficiency of teen-age boys."

Scouting's emphasis on the conservation of natural resources became evident in the 2nd Edition. William T. Hornaday, director of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, railed against indiscriminate killing of wildlife, arguing that "Not one tree should be cut down, not one bird, mammal, or fish should be killed, without a reason so good that it fully justifies the act."

Quote: A scout holds his honor to be his most precious possession, and he would rather die than have it stained. He knows what is his duty and all obligations imposed by duty he fulfills of his own free will. His sene of honor is his only taskmaster, and his honor he guards as jealously as did the knights of old. In this manner a scout wins the confidence and respect of all people.