“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 pictorial blue cloth gilt, all edges gilt. Housed in custom clamshell box.
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. Bookplates. Previous owner’s blindstamp in Jungle Book, pencil owner signature in Second Jungle Book.
Jungle Book with expert inner paper hinge reinforcement, light expert color restoration to cloth. Occasional light foxing to text of Second Jungle Book. Both volumes exceptional with bright gilt. A lovely about-fine set.