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KIPLING, Rudyard.

Rare books by Rudyard Kipling, including first edition, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of The Jungle Book, Just-So Stories, and Kim, and handsome sets of his collected works.

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was a British author whose work was heavily influenced by colonialism. Kipling spent his early years in India before beginning his education in England. His first book, Schoolboy Lyrics, was published privately by his parents in 1881 and is today considered a great rarity. After graduation he moved back to India and began working for the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette, and in 1884 he published a collection of parodic verse entitled Echoes.

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  1. In Sight of Mount Monadnock.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. In Sight of Mount Monadnock.

    No place : 1894 [ie 1914 or 1918]

    Second separate edition of this unauthorized pamphlet reprinting an 1892 newspaper article by Kipling. This is a fresh copy of a rare publication.

    "Styled the 'falsely dated edition' by Livingston and dated '1894' in Roman numerals on the title-page and front cover, this edition is said by Livingston and Stewart to have been actually printed... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 146000

  2. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.

    London : 1894 & 1895

    First editions in book form of Kipling's best-known prose work. An immediate success on publication, The Jungle Book was reprinted twice in 1894 and twice again the following year. "Kipling followed with The Second Jungle Book (1895), but the two sets of stories have rarely been united, despite the fact that the later book completed the Mowgli saga... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 136560

  3. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.

    London : 1894 & 1895

    First editions in book form of Kipling's best-known prose work. An immediate success on publication, The Jungle Book was reprinted twice in 1894 and twice again the following year. "Kipling followed with The Second Jungle Book (1895), but the two sets of stories have rarely been united, despite the fact that the later book completed the Mowgli saga... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 126049

  4. Captains Courageous.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Captains Courageous.

    London : 1897

    First UK edition in book-form. The UK edition was preceded by the US edition, released the previous month. The work was originally serialized in Pearson's Magazine between 1896 and 1897. Written while the newlywed Kipling was living in Vermont, Captains Courageous is Kipling's only novel set entirely in America. "Kipling thought he'd written a great... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 144806

  5. Just So Stories
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression, second state binding, of Kipling's famous collection of twelve stories and twelve poems, including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots." The first impression exists in two issues of the binding. The first, on which the white blocking failed to adhere, was superseded by this more stably blocked... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 130603

  6. Just So Stories For Little Children.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.

    London : 1902

    First edition, third printing (two months after the first), inscribed by the author, "Janet Aitken from her obliged and obedient servant the author Jul. 1911", on the title page; Kipling has struck through his printed name and signed it below. Then three years old, Janet Gladys Kidd, née Aitken, later Campbell, later Montagu (1908-1988), was the daughter... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 137861

  7. Just So Stories For Little Children.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression, in the second issue binding, of Kipling's famous collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots". The white decorative blocking to the spine and covers failed to adhere on the first issue binding, with the result that most copies now lack significant portions... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 136065

  8. Just So Stories For Little Children.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression, in the second issue binding, of Kipling's famous collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots". The white decorative blocking to the spine and covers failed to adhere on the first issue binding, with the result that most copies now lack significant portions... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 136064

  9. Just So Stories For Little Children.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound, of Kipling's famous collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots". Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 134753

  10. Just So Stories For Little Children.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding, of Kipling's collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots." The white blocking to the spine failed to adhere on the first issue binding, with the result that most copies now lack significant portions of it; the paint formula... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134708

  11. Just So Stories For Little Children.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression, in the second issue binding, of Kipling's famous collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots". The white decorative blocking to the spine and covers failed to adhere on the first issue binding, with the result that most copies now lack significant portions... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 130728

  12. The Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.

    London : 1904-28

    An attractively bound set of Kipling's works. With three of the volumes containing Barrack-Room Ballads, Departmental Ditties, The Years Between, Songs from Books, The Seven Seas and The Five Nations published by Methuen. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 145156

  13. 144446
    KIPLING, Rudyard. 'They'.

    London : 1905

    First separate UK edition, first impression, first state with the "Printed by Bemrose Dalziel Ltd., London and Watford" imprint on p. 80.

    This edition appeared over a year after the American copyright edition, but almost a year before the American trade edition. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 144446

  14. Puck of Pook's Hill.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Puck of Pook's Hill.

    London : 1906

    First edition, first impression. A handsomely bound copy of one of Kipling's major titles. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 134232

  15. 144357
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Abaft the Funnel.

    New York : 1909

    First edition, second issue with red 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... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 144357

  16. 144356
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Abaft the Funnel.

    New York : 1909

    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... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 144356

  17. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Bombay Edition of the Works.

    London : 1913-38

    The Bombay Edition, one of only 500 possible complete sets signed by the author on the half-title. The Bombay edition was initially published in 20 volumes and limited to 1,000 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, but the last 11 volumes were limited to 500 copies only. Because later volumes were issued separately... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 131733

  18. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Bombay Edition of the Works.

    London : 1913-38

    The Bombay Edition, one of only 500 possible complete sets signed by the author on the half-title of Volume I. The Bombay edition was initially published in 20 volumes and limited to 1,000 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, but the last 11 volumes were limited to 500 copies only. Because later volumes were... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 127234

  19. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Bombay Edition of the Works.

    London : 1913-38

    The Bombay Edition, one of only 500 possible complete sets signed by the author on the half-title. The Bombay edition was initially published in 20 volumes and limited to 1,000 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, but the last 11 volumes were limited to 500 copies only. Because later volumes were issued separately... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 119612

  20. The Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.

    New York : 1914-26

    The Seven Seas Edition, number 435 of 1,050 copies signed by the author on the half-title of vol. I. This was issued by Doubleday as the counterpart to the Bombay Edition, published by Macmillan in London. A particularly attractive set, beautifully bound by the workshop of Henry Stikeman, one of the leading American binders of the period. Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 132739

  21. 144624
    KIPLING, Rudyard. A Diversity of Creatures.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, first issue, with the publisher's name to foot of spine measuring 28 mm in length (shorter on later issues), of this collection of 14 poems and 14 stories by Kipling, some of which had already been published in periodicals.

    A Diversity of Creatures "was scheduled for publication in October 1914, but this was put... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 144624

  22. 146209
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Rudyard Kipling's Verse.

    London : 1919

    First UK edition, first impression, deluxe limited issue, number 3 of 100 sets numbered and signed by Kipling.

    "This edition was brought together at the publisher, Frank N. Doubleday's suggestion after much talk. It was to be tried out in the USA and if successful republished in England... The idea of the book was born at Brown's Hotel in February... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 146209

  23. Rudyard Kipling's Verse.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Rudyard Kipling's Verse.

    London : 1919

    First UK edition, first impression, deluxe limited issue, 90 of 100 sets numbered and signed by Kipling on the limitation page of each volume. "This edition was brought together at the publisher, Frank N. Doubleday's suggestion after much talk. It was to be tried out in the USA and if successful republished in England... The idea of the book was born... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 126105

  24. The Two Jungle Books.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Two Jungle Books.

    London : 1924

    First thin paper edition. An immediate success on publication, The Jungle Book was reprinted twice in 1894 and twice again the following year. "Kipling followed with The Second Jungle Book (1895), but the two sets of stories have rarely been united, despite the fact that the later book completed the Mowgli saga with five stories that relate closely... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 126466

  25. 144451
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Debits and Credits.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of 14 stories and 21 poems. While all of the stories were previously published, 19 of the poems are here published for the first time. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 144451

  26. Poems 1886-1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.

    New York : 1930

    First and signed limited US edition, number 459 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. One of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper, it is uncommon in the jackets. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142948

  27. Poems 1886-1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.

    New York : 1930

    First and signed limited US edition, number 478 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. One of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper. Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 129039

  28. Poems 1886-1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.

    New York : 1930

    First and signed limited US edition, number 232 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. This is of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 125430

  29. Poems 1886-1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.

    New York : 1930

    First US edition, signed limited edition, number 44 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 117542

  30. Poems 1886 to 1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886 to 1929.

    New York : 1930

    First and signed limited US edition, number 98 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. One of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 111335

  31. 144447
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Limits and Renewals.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression. Kipling's last collection of 14 stories and 19 poems, including 3 stories and 18 poems appearing for the first time in print, the rest having previously appeared in periodicals. Loosely inserted is a promotional postcard for Macmillan. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 144447

  32. 143836
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.

    London : 1937-39

    The Sussex Edition, number 14 of 525 sets signed by the author in volume I, this set in notably attractive condition. In his last years Kipling gathered existing material to create "this great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of the firm's most profitable authors" (The Letters, p. 231).

    "The... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 143836

  33. The Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.

    London : 1937-39

    The Sussex Edition, number 101 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. In his last years and with his health failing Kipling continued the gathering-up of existing material that resulted in "the great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 130733

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