"If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken, twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools": Rare second separate English edition of Rudyard Kipling's If-
Item Number: 92496
London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd, 1914.
Rare second separate English edition of Rudyard Kipling’s If -. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued with advertisements on the back panel. 2 paginated leaves bound in card stock. In near fine condition. An excellent example.
First published in Kipling's historical fantasy collection, Rewards and Fairies in 1910, If-- was inspired by the military actions of Sir Leander Starr Jameson in the Jamestown Raid against the Transvaal (1895-1896). An evocation of Victorian stoicism, the poem was well-received and later included in T.S. Eliot's 1841 collection A Choice of Kipling's Verse.
Other Books by this Author
London: Macmillan, 1927.
Signed limited first edition. Quarto, original vellum, gilt title to the spine, top edge edge. One of 500 numbered copies, signed by Rudyard Kipling. Illustrations by Donald Maxwell. With mounted color plates, other illustrations. In near fine condition with the original slipcase with paper label.
First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's A Song of The English; With 30 Mounted Color Plates by W. Heath Robinson
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by Robinson. Quarto, original blue cloth, gilt pictorial to the front panel, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson with 30 mounted color plates, lettered tissue guards. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
New York: H.M. Caldwell Company, 1899.
First edition of this one volume collection of Indian Tales. Octavo, original red cloth decorated in gilt, black and beige, sixteen black and white plates. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a few small chips. Illustrations by L.J. Bridgman. Tanselle #99.17.
"very sincerely yours, rudyard kipling": Rudyard Kipling Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Morgan Crofton
Single page, folded into quarters on custom writing paper from The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa with “The Vineyard, Newlands, ____ 189_” printed at the header. “Ap. 12, 1898. Dear Morgan Crofton: We are in the last agonies of packing today but I hope to have the honour of calling on the general before 12: so Tomorrow. I am most sorry to have missed him this visit. Very sincerely yours, Rudyard Kipling.” Written to British Army officer Sir Morgan George Crofton during Kipling’s first winter holiday in South Africa during which he was welcomed by a number of Cape Colony’s leading politicians, including the letter’s recipient.
Rare autograph note inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling. The note reads, in part: “but it is a chapter about…theatrical. They are always great fun. Very sincerely yours Rudyard Kipling.” Double matted and framed with an engraving of Kipling. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 10.25 inches. A handsome example.
“But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1902.
First edition of Kipling’s classic collection of stories, illustrated with 22 plates designed by Kipling himself. Octavo, original black-and white-stamped pictorial red cloth. In near fine condition. By far, one of the nicest examples we have handled.
“Leave him alone, he's as mad as a hatter!”: First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Light that Failed
London: Macmillan & Co, 1891.
First edition of Kipling’s first novel. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. Uncommon in this condition.
London: Macmillan, 1929.
Signed limited first edition, number 337 of only 525 copies (of which 500 were for sale) signed by Kipling. Quarto, Three volumes. Quarto, three volumes, bound in original full red crushed morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. In fine condition. Illustrated by Francis Dodd. An exceptional set.
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
London: Macmillan, 1897.
First edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber. Octavo, original blue cloth eleganted stamped in gilt. In near fine condition with only light wear to the extremities. Housed in a contemporary half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
Doubleday, Page & Company: Garden City, NY, 1925.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Anzia Yezierska on the limitation page. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
Firenze: G. Barbera, Editore, 1902-1903.
Mixed early editions of two biographies of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni and Saint Francis of Assisi. Text in Italian. Two volumes, 12mo, bound in full period vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spines, red spine labels, gilt ruled, top edges gilt, ribbons bound in. Frontispiece portrait of Michelangelo with tissue guard present. Bound by Rolandi. In near fine condition. A beautiful set.
New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc, 1970.
First edition of the piracy edition of Nabokov’s masterpiece with annotations by Nabokov expert Alfred Appel, Jr. Octavo, original cloth. Photograph portrait of Nabokov to the rear panel by Halsman. Jacket design by Muriel Nasser. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing.