“Leave him alone, he's as mad as a hatter!”: First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Light that Failed
The Light That Failed.
Item Number: 86433
London: Macmillan & Co, 1891.
First edition of Kipling’s first novel. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. Uncommon in this condition.
Written when Rudyard Kipling was 26 years old, The Light That Failed is semi-autobiographical; being based upon his own unrequited love for Florence Garrard. Most of the novel is set in London, but many important events throughout the story occur in Sudan and Port Said. It follows the life of Dick Heldar, an artist and painter who goes blind, and his unrequited love for his childhood playmate, Maisie. Though it was poorly received by critics, the novel has remained in print for over a century. It was also adapted into a play, two silent films as well as a drama film.
Other Books by this Author
"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.
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.
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.
New York: H.M. Caldwell Company, 1899.
First edition of this one volume collection of Indian Tales. Octavo, original red cloth decorated in gilt, black and beige, sixteen black and white plates. Near fine in the original dust jacket with a few small chips. Illustrations by L.J. Bridgman. Tanselle #99.17.
“But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him": First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1902.
First edition 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. By far, one of the nicest examples we have handled.
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.
Rare autograph note inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling. The note reads, in part: “but it is a chapter about…theatrical. They are always great fun. Very sincerely yours Rudyard Kipling.” Double matted and framed with an engraving of Kipling. The entire piece measures 14.75 inches by 10.25 inches. A handsome example.
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.
"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.
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat": Rare First Edition of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich; Signed by Him
CT: Ralston Society, 1937.
First edition of this classic bestseller, which has sold over 100 million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Napoleon Hill on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. This is the first example of a first printing we have seen signed. Rare and desirable.
“Poor little doggie, you saved HIS child!”: First Edition of Mark Twain's A Dog's Tale; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First edition of Twain’s famous dog story. Octavo, original cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with wear and tear and some writing on the front panel. Illustrations by W. T. Smedley. BAL 3483.
Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes and Pilote de Guerre; Each Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1931-42.
Early printings of Saint-Exupery’s first four books. Octavo, four volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page. In the author’s first novel, Courrier Sud, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” In his second novel, Vol de Nuit, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot, “Pour Madame Stokes, cher que’on retrouve une atmosphere de France en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In his third novel, Terre des Hommes, which went on to win the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, “Pour Madame Stokes, en souvenir d’une epoque recuse ou la Terr des Hommes etait en pix et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” And, finally, in Saint-Exupery’s Pilote de Guerre, his memoir of his role in the French Air Force as pilot during the Battle of Paris in 1940, “Pour Madame Stokes, ces souvenirs d’une pilot de ligne change en Pilote de Guerre et en hommage respectueux, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” Each volume is in very good condition. An exceptional collection.
Boston: Beacon Press, 1971.
First edition in English of Habermas’ classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Jurgen Habermas on the front free endpaper. Sociologist Daniel Bell’s copy, with his signature and his extensive notes throughout. Translated by Jeremy J. Shapiro. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket desiged by Richard C. Bartlett.