“AN HONORABLE PLACE IN ANY LIBRARY OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS”: FIRST EDITIONS OF KIPLING’S JUNGLE BOOKS
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book. WITH: The Second Jungle Book. London and New York: Macmillan, 1894-95. Two volumes. Octavo, original gilt-stamped pictorial blue cloth, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom slipcase.
First editions of Kipling’s classic Jungle Books, “replete with adventure and excitement.”
"Among the 15 stories in [these volumes] are some of Kipling's most memorable narratives" (Abraham, 36). "The child who has never run with Mowgli's wolf pack, or stood with Parnesius and Pertinax to defend the Northern Wall… has missed something that he will not get from any other writer" (Carpenter & Prichard, 297). Illustrated largely by W.H. Drake and Kipling's father, J. Lockwood Kipling, "this most desirable pair… will always fill an honorable place in any library of children's books" (Quayle 87). Livingston 104, 116. Armorial bookplate of Eugene Field laid in to Jungle Book (seemingly authentic). Though this bookplate would seem to suggest that this copy came from American poet Eugene Field's library, Field's son—who did inherit his father's library—was notorious for forging his father's signature and claiming that books had been in his father's possession so that he could sell them for more money. Therefore, it is impossible to say definitively whether or not this work was originally part of Field's library. Contemporary ink owner gift inscription.
Inner paper hinges repaired, only occasional foxing to text, Volume I spine leaning slightly, slight rubbing and color restoration to extremities of bindings. An extremely good set.