First Editions of Kipling's Jungle BooksRudyard Kipling. First Editions of the Jungle Books, including: The Jungle Book. With Illustrations by J. L. Kipling, W. H. Drake, and P. Frenzeny. London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1894. First edition. Twelvemo. [i-viii], -212 pages. Frontispiece (with tissue guard) and forty-two text illustrations (nineteen full-page). Moderate edge, spine, and corner wear to the binding, which has faded somewhat and is noticeably soiled on the boards. Hinges just starting. Text overall very clean. A very good copy. [and:] The Second Jungle Book. With Illustrations by J. Lockwood Kipling, C.I.E. London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1895. First edition. Twelvemo. [i-vi], -238 pages plus two-page publisher's advertisement. With numerous text illustrations. Minor shelf wear to the boards. Corners lightly rubbed. Light foxing to text edges, first few pages at the beginning and the end, and to a handful of pages within the text. Otherwise, a bright and sturdy copy in near fine condition. Each volume in the original blue publisher's cloth, decoratively ruled and pictorially stamped in gilt, with gilt spine titles. Original dark gray-green coated endpapers. All edges gilt. Housed together in a custom quarter leather slipcase and chemise.
"The Jungle Book consists of seven stories and seven poems, of which only the stories had previously appeared in periodicals. When collected, each of the stories has an additional verse heading appended" (James McG. Stewart: Rudyard Kipling: A Bibliographic Catalogue, p. 122).
"The Second Jungle Book consists of eight stories and eight poems in addition to two verse headings. All the stories and three of the poems had been published previously in periodicals" (Stewart, p. 128).
Stewart 123, 132.
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