"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-

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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.

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