Rudyard Kipling's Verse.
Inclusive Edition 1885-1918.London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1919 Stock Code: 126105
Original deluxe vellumFirst 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 at Brown's Hotel in February 1919. Doubleday argued that it must be complete 'W.D.T.', Kipling said what do you mean by W.D.T. to which Doubleday replied 'The Whole Damn Thing'. The edition was always called after that The W.D.T." (Richards). This London edition followed the American by one month but includes an extra poem: "Mowgli's Song".
3 volumes, octavo. Original vellum, gilt lettered spines, two-line gilt border on sides, Kipling's monogram within a floriate oval in centre of each front cover, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Each volume housed in custom blue cloth dust jackets with spines lettered in gilt.
Title pages printed in red and black.
Covers lightly bowed with tiny soiling, front hinge of vol. I cracked, dust jackets slightly worn at extremities, else a near-fine set.
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