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Works By Rudyard Kipling

"I forget who started the notion of my writing a series of Anglo-Indian tales ... They were originally much longer than when they appeared, but the shortening of them, first to my own fancy after rapturous re-readings, and next to the space available, taught me that a tale from which pieces have been raked out is like a fire that has been poked. One does not know that the operation has been performed, but everyone feels the effect."
-- From Something of Myself

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Rudyard Kipling

Bibliographical references are to
Bibliograhy of the Works of Rudyard Kipling.
By Flora V. Livingston.
Rudyard Kipling: A Bibliography
By David Alan Richards.

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Kipling, Rudyard. The Absent Minded Begar. [London: Daily Mail, 1899].[Art edition, i.e. First illustrated edition].

Kipling, Rudyard. Actions and Reactions. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1909. [First US edition]. Publisher's dark green cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated (Viking ship) in black; top edge gilt; now a bit tired; spine ends creased and worn; boards faintly marked, yet lettering and decoration still nice and bright. Ink gift inscription on front endpaper; rear endpaper cracked, joint strong. A very good copy.

Kipling, Rudyard. Danny Deever. New York: F.M. Buckles & Company, [n.d., 1899]. From Buckles's Kipling Booklets series. 8 pp. booklet printed in dark blue and red, with frontispiece of the author. Textured cream wrappers, also in dark blue and red, tied with bright yellow thread; lightly dusty overall, a trifle soiled. Fine.

Kipling, Rudyard. The Eyes of Asia. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1918. [First American edition, first issue*]. Original blue-grey boards, with cream cloth spine, and white title labels printed in black and ruled in red on front and spine; one corner bumped; a touch dusty overall; spine now darkened, head rubbed. Very faint evidence of damp to gutters of a few pages (no external evidence at all); small pencilled ownership name to gutter of contents page. A near fine copy. (Livingston #414)
* First issue lacks an "i" in "which" on line 8, p.78.
The essays collected here were first pubished in France's La Revue des Deux Mondes, London's Morning Post and The Saturday Evening Post. They had also been previously published by Doubleday in individual pamphlets of 60 copies each, but destroyed prior to distribution. Text was much revised prior to publication in this format. (cf. Richards and Livingston)

Kipling, Rudyard. A Fleet In Being: Notes of Two Trips With the Channel Squadron. London: Macmillan, 1898. [First edition, cloth issue]. Lightly soiled sky-blue pictorial cloth, sunned on spine and bumped at ends and corners. A near fine copy.

Kipling, Rudyard. Limits and Renewals. London: Macmillan, 1932. [First edition]. Usual Macmillan crimson cloth with gilt elephant-head medallion on front; top edge gilt; spine a bit darkened; back cover a just trifle bowed; gilt nice and bright. Bookseller's label on rear endpaper. A fine volume, with fragile remnants of dust jacket (panels in tact, spine in fragments) laid in.
"...Three [stories] are now published for the first time: 'The Tie,' 'Aunt Ellen' and 'Uncovenanted Mercies.'
"The fourteen stories ... include eighteen poems which are now published for the first time." (cf. dust jacket flap)

Kipling, Rudyard. The Seven Seas. London: Methuen, 1896. [Colonial edition]. "Methuen's Colonial Library." Original bluish-green cloth, gilt lettered on spine; covers a little spotted and marked; spine ends rubbed and worn; colonial library catalogue printed on endpapers. Ink name and contemporary date on half title; 39 pp. publisher's catalogue dated October 1896 at rear. A near fine copy of the colonial edition.

Kipling, Rudyard [and Robinson, W. Heath (illus.)]. A Song of the English. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [n.d., ca.1913]. "With illustrations by W. Heath Robinson." Original dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated (St. George and the dragon) on front, all bright and sharp; top edge gilt; a few speckles to front cover; corners a touch rubbed; faint trace of small label removed from lower spine. Ink gift inscription (dated Xmas 1913) on front endpaper; both free endpapers tanned; text pages lightly foxed. A near fine copy.
While the editions cited in the bibliographies are described as having either the original twenty-two coloured plates or a reduced suite of sixteen plates, this version has only twelve, as called for. Each is accompanied by a captioned tissue guard.

Kipling, Rudyard. Stalky & Co. London: Macmillan and Co., 1899. First UK edition (US precedes by three weeks). The first use of Macmillan's usual Kipling binding of red cloth with gilt lettering on spine and embossed elephant-head medallion on front; covers now a darkened on spine and faintly so around edges, with elephant lightly chafed; corners, bottom edge and joints a bit rubbed, light wear to spine ends. Bookplate; endpapers foxed, front one tanned where facing bookplate; text age-toned; 2 pp. publisher's ads at rear. A very good copy. (Livingston #216)

Kipling, Rudyard. Tommy. New York: F.M. Buckles & Company, [n.d., 1899]. From Buckles's Kipling Booklets series. 8 pp. booklet printed in light blue and brown, with frontispiece of the author. Pale green wrappers, also in light blue and brown, tied with bright yellow thread; hint of dusting; shadow of crease to lower edge. Fine.

Kipling, Rudyard. The Years Between. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1919. First US edition. Publisher's original decorated (Viking ship in black) dark green cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; lettering now a little dulled on spine, ends creased. Bookseller's label on rear pastedown. Near fine.

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