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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 edition, first printing; 8vo (20.5 x 13.5 cm); red cloth, gilt title to spine, gilt elephant vignette to upper cover, first state dust jacket, somewhat nicked and faded, price sticker to foot of spine, internally very fresh, top edge gilt.

    £425
  2. 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.

    £1,500
  3. limited edtion, number 17 of 20 hors commerce, out of 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.

    £9,500
 

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