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Rudyard Kipling first editions

Browse our fine collection of Rudyard Kipling first editions including The Jungle Book, Kim and Traffic and Discoveries

Novelist, poet and short-story writer Rudyard Kipling is chiefly remembered for his celebration of British Imperialism through his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his stories for children. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

Collecting Rudyard Kipling First Editions

According to famed Kipling bibliographer, David Alan Richards, in his 1999 address to the Kipling Society, the works of Rudyard Kipling were published over the course of more than sixty years. That range of time in and of itself presents a collecting hurdle. Likewise, due to copywriter laws, or lack-thereof, many of Kipling’s first editions are difficult to distinguish or altogether unknown. 

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Browse our collection of Rudyard Kipling First Editions whether you are looking for his rare editions or illustrated volumes.

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  1. First editions, first impressions; 2 vols, 8vo; illustrated throughout, scattered light foxing; publisher's blue cloth, devices to boards, and titles to spines gilt, all edges gilt, black coated endpapers, spines bumped, corners a little rubbed, overall a very good set; vi, [2], 212; [vi], 238, [2, ads]pp.

  2. 8vo; illustrations by the author; contemporary full chestnut morocco by Hatchard's Ltd., marbled endpapers and all edges gilt, fading to spine, with small stain to base and mild scratching to upper cover, otherwise very good and internally fine.

  3. First (Library) edition, one of 275 copies(ý); 4to; printed on Japanese vellum, publisher's colour lithographed device to title, 12 full-page colour lithographed illustrations by Nicholson with captions, tissue guards, monogram bookplate to front pastedown; publisher's variant binding vellum-backed pictorial vellum boards, a little spotted and toned, slightly splayed.

  4. First Edition; large 8vo; 22 full-page illustrations by the author, slight toning, very occasional, random spotting, mostly to final few leaves; late 20th century full maroon morocco, gilt-panelled, marbled endpapers and original cloth cover and spine bound in at the rear, slight fading, upper, outer corner of front cover mildly bumped, otherwise very good.

  5. First edition; 4to; limited to 500 numbered copies, signed by the artist, 30 tipped-in colour plates by W. Heath Robinson, some very light, occasional spotting to preliminary pages; publisher's full vellum, front cover pictorially stamped in dark green, red, and gilt and lettered in gilt and spine similarly decorated, lacking ribbon ties, top edge gilt, others untrimmed as published, a few minor marks and age-toning otherwise very good to near-fine.

  6. limited edtion, number 17 of 20 hors commerce, out of a total of 160 copies, 4 vols; 4to (31.5 x 26.5 cm). 276 pp.; 272 pp. with 15 colour plates, including frontispiece, and 15 chapter heading vignette illustrations and initials, all cut in wood and printed in colour by F. L. Schmied with 15 supplementary plates not called for in index and two extra suites of all the illustrations, one in colour, one in monochrome; original wrappers protected by chemises and slipcase; slipcase slightly rubbed, with one joint starting to split.

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