"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.
Other Books by this Author
London: Macmillan, 1927.
Signed limited first edition. Quarto, original vellum, gilt title to the spine, top edge edge. One of 500 numbered copies, signed by Rudyard Kipling. Illustrations by Donald Maxwell. With mounted color plates, other illustrations. In near fine condition with the original slipcase with paper label.
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
London: Macmillan, 1897.
First edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing, with frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I.W. Taber. Octavo, original blue cloth eleganted stamped in gilt. In near fine condition with only light wear to the extremities. Housed in a contemporary half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
"very sincerely yours, rudyard kipling": Rudyard Kipling Autograph Letter Signed to Sir Morgan Crofton
Single page, folded into quarters on custom writing paper from The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa with “The Vineyard, Newlands, ____ 189_” printed at the header. “Ap. 12, 1898. Dear Morgan Crofton: We are in the last agonies of packing today but I hope to have the honour of calling on the general before 12: so Tomorrow. I am most sorry to have missed him this visit. Very sincerely yours, Rudyard Kipling.” Written to British Army officer Sir Morgan George Crofton during Kipling’s first winter holiday in South Africa during which he was welcomed by a number of Cape Colony’s leading politicians, including the letter’s recipient.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1941.
The Burwash edition of Rudyard Kipling’s collected works. Octavo, original red cloth with titles to the spine in gilt and front panel. Top edge gilt. 28 Volumes. One of 1,010 sets with volume 1 signed by Rudyard Kipling. The volumes are in fine condition with their original dust jackets. Seldom encountered in their original dust jackets.
First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's A Song of The English; With 30 Mounted Color Plates by W. Heath Robinson
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1909.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by Robinson. Quarto, original blue cloth, gilt pictorial to the front panel, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson with 30 mounted color plates, lettered tissue guards. In near fine condition with light rubbing.
“Now, don't be angry after you've been afraid. That's the worst kind of cowardice": First Editions of Rudyard Kipling's The First and Second Jungle Books
London: Macmillan , 1894-95.
First editions of both volumes of The Jungle Book. Octavo, two volumes, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. In near fine condition with light rubbing. Illustrated by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny. Housed in a contemporary half morocco clamshell and chemise box. A nice bright set.
London: Macmillan & Company, 1897-1919.
The Bombay edition of Rudyard Kipling’s collected works. Octavo, 30 volumes. Bound in full morocco by Birdsall, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling and ruling to the spine, front and rear panels, raised bands, inner dentelles. Top edge gilt. One of 1,050 sets with volume 1 signed by Rudyard Kipling. The volumes are in near fine to fine condition. An exceptional set.
Lunsburg, Vermont: Limited Edition Club, 1968.
Signed limited edition, wonderfully illustrated by David Gentleman. One of 1,500 copies signed by the artist. Quarto, original cloth-backed marbled boards, glassine, slipcase. Intrdocution by Bonamy Dobree. In near fine condition.
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1922.
First edition, later printing of what many consider Kipling’s masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, embossed black and gilt to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated. Signed by Rudyard Kipling on the title page. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.
London: Macmillan, 1929.
Signed limited first edition, number 337 of only 525 copies (of which 500 were for sale) signed by Kipling. Quarto, Three volumes. Quarto, three volumes, bound in original full red crushed morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. In fine condition. Illustrated by Francis Dodd. An exceptional set.
New York: Viking Press, 1978.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Lee and Laurie, who have watched the game from a ringside seat, with good will and love, Bill”, additionally signed by Kennedy on the half-title page. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with wear and chips to the extremities. A nice inscription.
“Art and order, the relatives that refuse to relate”: First Edition of The Piano Teacher; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning author Elfriede Jelinek
New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988.
First American edition of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s first book to be translated into English. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Jelinek on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.