First Edition "Jungle Books" in Superb Original BindingsRudyard Kipling. "Jungle Books," including: The Jungle Book. With illustrations by J. L. Kipling, W. H. Drake, and P. Frenzeny. London: Macmillan and Co., 1894. First edition. Small octavo. [viii], 212 pages. Frontispiece. Text illustrations. Light wear to spine ends and corners; binding slightly cocked. [and:] The Second Jungle Book. With illustrations by J. Lockwood Kipling. London: Macmillan and Co., 1895. First edition. Small octavo. [vi], 238, [2, ads] pages. Text illustrations. Very minimal wear to spine ends and corners. Small tear at rear hinge; foxing to first few and last few pages, with the heaviest foxing to the half-title page. Both volumes in original bright blue cloth decoratively stamped in gilt on front cover and spine and lettered in gilt on spine. All edges gilt. Original dark blue-green endpapers. Both volumes in near fine condition, housed in a custom gilt-stamped blue morocco and cloth clamshell box.
Rudyard Kipling has been called "perhaps the most original genius among English-writing novelists of the latter 19th and early 20th centuries." Certainly no other has been so widely acclaimed, so eagerly read, or so lastingly loved by readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
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