London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1913-1938. 8vo. 31 volumes, set. Limited edition of 1050 sets (see note below). Signed on the half-title of volume 1. Original buff quarter cloth with pale blue paper boards. Paper labels to spines (and spare label inserted at rear of each volume). Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Silk marker ribbons. Printed on handmade paper. Now in non-adhesive, clear acetate jackets. Cloth spines a bit tanned. A few paper labels have tiny loss. Most volumes have foxing to the paper boards and endpapers. Some volumes have a few scattered small marks to the paper boards and several of the top corners are gently pushed. No previous ownership marks. Contents clean and fresh. Volume 28 has a fourth impression (1932) of the pamphlet 'His Apologies', by Kipling and illustrated by R. H. Buxton, taped to the flyleaf. Very good ++. Item #6041
The first 25 volumes were published between 1913 and 1919. Volume 26 was issued in 1927 in a limited edition of 1000 copies. The last five volumes were published in 1938, two years after Kipling's death, in runs of just 500 copies. Complete sets are uncommon as a result.
The full set comprises: 1. Plain Tales From the Hills. 2. Soldiers Three: The Story of the Gadsbys: In Black and White. 3. Wee Willie Winkie. Under the Deodars. The Phantom 'Rickshaw and other stories. 4. & 5. From Sea to Sea and other sketches. Letters of Travel. 6. Life's Handicap, etc. 7. The Light that Failed. 8. The Naulahka A Story of West and East. By R. Kipling and Wolcott Balestier. 9. Many Inventions. 10. 'Captains Courageous'. 11. The Jungle Book. 12. The Second Jungle Book. 13. The Day's Work. 14. Stalky & Co. 15. Kim. 16. Just So Stories. Illustrated by the author. 17. Traffics and Discoveries. 18. Puck of Pook's Hill. 19. Rewards and Fairies. 20. Actions and Reactions. 21. Departmental Ditties. Barrack-Room Ballads and other verses. 22. The Five Nations. The Seven Seas. 23. Songs from Books. 24. A Diversity of Creatures. 25. The Years Between. The Muse Among the Motors. 26. Debits and Credits. 27. Letters of Travel 1892-1913 and other sketches. 28. Land and Sea Tales. 'Thy Servant a Dog'. 29. A Book of Words. 30. Limits and Renewals. 31. Souvenirs of France. Something of Myself.
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