"Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they"; Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book
The Second Jungle Book.
Item Number: 96545
New York: The Century Co, 1899.
First American edition of Kipling’s second Jungle Book. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel with central elephant motif stamped in black to the front panel and lion to the rear, top edge gilt, decorated by John Lockwood Kipling. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. A nice example.
Kipling's Jungle Books center on the story of Mowgli, an orphaned 'man-cub' who is raised in the jungle of India by wolves where he comes to learn the Laws of the Jungle. A major theme throughout the books is abandonment followed by fostering, as in the life of Mowgli, echoing Kipling's own childhood. Another is law vs. freedom; the stories are not about animal behavior, but about human archetypes in animal form. The books remain popular to this day and have been adapted several times for film and other media, including the classic Walt Disney 1967 animation and its 2016 remake.
Other Books by this Author
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.
Finely bound collection of Rudyard Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads, Departmental Duties, and The Seven Seas
London: Methuen and Co. and George Newnes, 1899.
Finely bound early printings of Kipling’s collections of songs and poems regarding the late-Victorian British Army and voyages on the high seas. Octavo, three volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in 6 compartments within raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. Bookplate to each pastedown.
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.
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.
“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, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard present. Illustrated by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny. In very good condition.
“Leave him alone, he's as mad as a hatter!”: First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Light that Failed
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.
London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd, 1896.
First edition of Kipling’s collection of soldier tales. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles and pictorial gilt tooling to the spine and front panel, gilt ruled, all edges gilt, frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated with engravings. In near fine condition with a touch of wear to the crown of the spine. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. A bright example.
“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, 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. By far, one of the nicest examples we have handled.
"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.
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.
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”: First Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
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.
"Let us now praise famous men - men of little showing": First edition of Rudyard Kipling's Stalky & Co.
London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd, 1899.
First British edition of Kipling’s collection of school stories. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt medallion displaying an elephant to the from panel, top edge gilt. In fine condition. From the library of George Barr McCutcheon with his bookplate to the pastedown. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. A bright example.
"Every one wanted to say so much that no one said anything in particular": First American Edition of Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous
New York: The Century Co, 1897.
First American edition of Kipling’s richly detailed tale of American deep-sea fishing. Octavo, original illustrated cloth with gilt titles to the spine and front panel and gilt central sailboat motif. In fine condition. A superior example.
"Vogue has sometimes been called a civilizing force. If that is true, perhaps it is because a civilization, to endure, needs voices to sing its praise": The World in Vogue; inscribed to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton
New York: The Viking Press, 1963.
First edition of this work on the groundbreaking publication Vogue. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to actress Vivien Leigh from Cecil Beaton, “Merry Xmas, Vivien darling, with all my love always – Dec. 25/’63.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket with a few tears.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
"I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land": Rare Theodor Herzl Shana Tova Postcard and Embroidered Silk Handkerchief from the Second Zionist Congress
Rare 19th century Shana Tova postcard from the Second World Zionist Congress featuring a central portrait of Theodor Herzl flanked by other Zionist leaders Bernard Lazare, Max E. Mandelstamm, Theodor Gaster and Max Nordau. Below the portraits is a biblical verse in Hebrew from Ezekiel 37:21, “Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land” with images of a farmer in Eretz Israel and figures praying at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Paired with a rare silk handkerchief with floral embroidery and an engraved portrait of Herzl flanked by New Year’s greetings in Yiddish. Both items are in near fine condition. The postcard measures 5.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The handkerchief measures 10 inches by 10 inches. A rare and desirable piece of Judaica.
"A charming record of the personality of a vanished race and a vanished day"(Eudora Welty): First edition of Nabokov's memoir of his early life
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951.
First edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s brilliantly written memoir of his youth. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown and foot of the spine.