Abaft the Funnel.New York: B. W. Dodge & Company, 1909 Stock Code: 144356
First edition, first issue with gilt lettering, an unauthorized piracy by Dodge and Company reprinting Kipling's contributions from various Indian newspapers. The first issue can be distinguished by the gold lettering on the spine and front cover; in response to the piracy, Kipling instructed his regular American publisher, Doubleday, to produce a rival publication to undercut the piracy. To compete with the new authorized version, Dodge & Company bound remaining sheets of the book in a binding using a cheaper red lettering, rather than gilt. Richards notes that the publisher apparently retained many unsold copies, for the number of surviving fine dust jackets implies that a cache of copies was issued many decades later.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. With dust jacket.
A fine copy, in near-fine jacket with only very light shelfwear.
Richards A227; Stewart 324.
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