The Jungle Book.

"Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, For though they are little and fubsy it may be the Bear is their mother": RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK; SIGNED BY HIM WITH A QUOTE FROM THE BOOK

The Jungle Book.

KIPLING, Rudyard.

Item Number: 117037

New York: The Century Co, 1899.

First edition, early printing of Kipling’s masterpiece. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, top edge gilt, illustrated. Signed by the author on the title page with a quote from the book, “Rudyard Kipling, Oppress not the cubs of the stranger, but hail them as Sister and Brother, For though they are little and fubsy it may be the Bear is their mother.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A sharp example. Desirable with such a lengthy inscription by Kipling.

The Jungle Book is a collection of fables which provide moral instruction by using animals anthropomorphically. Each story begins and ends with a verse, and the original publications contain some illustrations created by Rudyard's father John Lockwood Kipling. The inspiration for the book is evident. Kipling was born in India, and he spent his childhood there. Interestingly, Kipling wrote these stories when he lived in Vermont. The Jungle Book is used to develop the morale of the junior element of the Scouting movement, "The Cub Scouts". The name of the head wolf "Akela" has been traditionally given to each Cub Scout pack leader. At least fifteen movies have been released based on Kipling's stories including the classic Walt Disney 1967 animation and its 2016 remake.

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