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    Rudyard Kipling. Just So Stories. London: Macmillan and Co., 1902. Small quarto. First edition of Kipling's famous collection of twelve stories and twelve poems. Original pictorially stamped red cloth. Some minor foxing to endpapers, else a very clean and tight copy.

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    Rudyard Kipling. Just So Stories for Little Children. London: Macmillan and Co., 1902.
     
    First edition of Kipling's famous collection of twelve stories and twelve poems, including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots." Small quarto. [6], 249, [1, blank], [1, printer's device], [1, blank] pages. Twenty-two full-page illustrations.

    Original red cloth pictorially stamped in black and white (in a design by the author) on covers, lettered in white on front cover, and pictorially stamped and lettered in white on spine. Some minor foxing to endpapers, else a very clean and tight copy. In the second issue binding with the lettering strongly adhering to the spine.

    "These twelve stories with an equal number of poems, written 'for little children', were drawn from the store of 'make believe' tales that Kipling told to his own children. All of the stories but one ["How the Alphabet Was Made"] had appeared in periodicals between 1897 and 1902, but none of the verses had been published before 1902" (Stewart). This book has the distinction of being the only one illustrated by Kipling.

    Gumuchian 3526. Livingston 267. Martindell 99. Osborne Collection I, pp. 362-363. Stewart 260.

     



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