“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
Just So Stories For Little Children.
Item Number: 99731
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1902.
First edition, first issue 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 with light rubbing. A nice example.
Just So Stories has “achieved nursery immortality because a genius has married two of the most tried and trusted favorite media—the fable and the fairy-story” (Muir, 107). “Kipling’s own witty black-and-white drawings… together with their extensive and ridiculous captions, are one of the chief delights of the book” (Carpenter & Prichard, 285).