"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-

  • 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.