Kipling, Rudyard. Hard Cover. London: Macmillan & Co, 1902. First Edition. Fine.
Illustrated by the author. First edition, first printing. Finely bound by the Cottage Bindery in full vellum with white silk ties, five raised bands to spine, compartments ruled and decorated in gilt, boards ruled in gilt, elaborate gilt illustration to the front board matching the design of the original publisher's cloth, all edges gilt. A near fine copy with boards only slightly bowed, front hinge with light wear to the exterior, 2mm blue ink mark to rear board, some light thumb soiling to pages, else fine. Overall, a beautiful copy in an exquisite binding. A book that originated as a series of bedtime stories told by Kipling to his daughter, Just So Stories contains chapters explaining the processes through which various animals came to look as they do, including "How the Whale Got His Throat," and "How the Camel Got His Hump." This classic children's book takes its name from the fact that Kipling had to tell the stories "just so," or else run the risk of upsetting his daughter.