"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. 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
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.
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.
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.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1941.
The Burwash edition of Rudyard Kipling’s collected works. Octavo, original red cloth with titles to the spine in gilt and front panel. Top edge gilt. 28 Volumes. One of 1,010 sets with volume 1 signed by Rudyard Kipling. The volumes are in fine condition with their original dust jackets. Seldom encountered in their original dust jackets.
"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.
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.
“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.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1922.
First edition, later printing of what many consider Kipling’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, embossed black and gilt to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated. Signed by Rudyard Kipling on the title page. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
"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.
“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.
"BON APPETIT!": FIRST EDITION OF FROM JULIA CHILD’S KITCHEN, INSCRIBED BY JULIA CHILD AND SIGNED BY PAUL CHILD
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975.
First edition of Child’s fourth book. Octavo, original pictorial coated cloth boards. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Bon Appetit to Diane Macfarland Julia Child.” Additionally signed by the illustrator in the year of publication, “Paul Child 25 Nov. 1975.” Fine in near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Photographs and Drawing by Paul Child.
“Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation”: First Edition of Charlotte Bronte's Villette
London: Smith, Elder, 1853.
First edition of Charlotte Bronte’s most autobiographical novel. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in contemporary half leather over cloth. In very good condition.
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple": First edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest; One of 1,000 Examples
London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899.
Limited first trade edition of the author’s masterpiece, one of 1000 copies. Quarto, original publisher’s lavender cloth stamped in gilt. In fine condition. Housed in custom half morocco clamshell chemise and case. A superior example, rare and desirable in this condition.