"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.