"We be of one blood, ye and I": First Editions of Both The First and Second Jungle Books
The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book.
Item Number: 27010
London: Macmillan , 1894-95.
First editions of both volumes in The Jungle Book. Octavo, two volumes, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing, contemporary bookplate to the The Jungle Book. Illustrated by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny. Housed in a custom clamshell box. A very bright set.
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 that were done 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.