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KIPLING, Rudyard.

Rudyard Kipling's Verse.

Inclusive Edition 1885-1918.

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1919 Stock Code: 146209
£2,500.00
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"The Whole Damn Thing" edition

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 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 and includes an extra poem, "Mowgli's Song".

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Description

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 in a custom green cloth chemise, housed together in a green quarter morocco slipcase.

Illustrations

Title pages printed in red and black.

Condition

Covers a little bowed with a few minor marks, in fresh, bright condition, contents clean and free from marks. A near-fine set.

Bibliography

Richards A326; Stewart 466; Martindell 170.

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