The Works of Rudyard Kipling

Including: The Jungle Book; The Just So Stories; Kim; Stalky & Co. etc.

KIPLING, Rudyard

KIPLING, Rudyard The Works of Rudyard Kipling Including: The Jungle Book; The Just So Stories; Kim; Stalky & Co. etc.

Macmillan, London, 1937.

35 volumes. 4to. The Sussex Edition. Number 69 of 525 sets, signed by the author in volume one. Bound in publisher's full russet Niger morocco, printed on handmade paper with top edges gilt on the rough, others untrimmed. A fine set, bright and crisp with no wear and remarkably little colour variation between the volumes. Just a couple of spots to a few spines, but an exceptionally well preserved set.

Universally considered the definitive collection of Kipling's works, it is also one of the most splendid and extravagantly produced of all literary sets. Although published after Kipling's death, he had been working on the edition for some years undertaking detailed revision of the text and signing and numbering each limitation page as well as leaving careful instructions for the inclusion of his unpublished writings. Some sixty stories, articles, and speeches are included here for the first time in book form as well as all of his early uncollected verse.
From a contemporary review in the TLS: "The publishers are justified in the use of the epithet "superb" to describe this edition. The fine hand-made paper and Bembo type are equally satisfactory : but perhaps the binding is still more notable. It is Niger leather, lettered and simply ornamented in gold. The volumes, though ten inches by six and three quarter inches in size, are comparatively slim and so easy to hold; and they have an air of durability and of being meant for reading as well as for keeping, which is not always the case with ├ęditions de luxe."

Stock ID: 40029


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