The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.London: Macmillan and Co., 1894 & 1895 Stock Code: 136560
Kipling's most famous prose work, in original clothFirst 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 with five stories that relate closely to those in the first book and that are essential to its emotional rounding-out" (Grolier). The stories were loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name.
In 1907 the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Kipling, making him the first English-language writer, and the youngest ever, to receive the prize.
2 works, octavo. Original blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, pictorial designs to front covers in gilt, green endpapers, edges gilt.
Illustrated frontispiece to The Jungle Book, illustrations in the text of both volumes, by William Henry Drake, Paul Frenzeny, and the author's father John Lockwood Kipling.
Bookplate of Christopher Clark Geest (Virginia book collector and historian) to front pastedowns, front pastedown of vol. I darkened where previous bookplate removed, pencilled ownership inscription to first blank of vol. II. Spines slightly cocked, light rubbing to tips, small spot to rear cover of vol. I, slight foxing to contents. A very good set indeed in bright cloth.
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