Hard Cover. London: Macmillan and Co., 1894. First Edition. Good.
First edition, first printing. Illustrated by John Lockwood Kipling, William Henry Drake, and Paul Frenzeny. Original publisher's navy cloth, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial jungle images based on artwork by the author's father John Lockwood Kipling stamped to the front board in gilt, all edges gilt, green coated endpapers. A good copy with wear moderate wear and rubbing to the spine, spine ends frayed, corners worn, lean to spine; internally, ownership blindstamp to first blank, spine cracked at pages 128/129. Overall, a good, presentable copy in the original publisher's cloth. The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories and verses, the most famous of which relate to the feral child protagonist Mowgli, a "man cub." While they can be read independently of each other, each chapter serves as a fable using animal figures to provide a moral lesson. In each volume, the short stories are both preceded and followed by poems or songs, including the notable "Mowgli's Song" and "The Law of the Jungle." The Jungle Books, based on the author's childhood and later work experience in British India, are indicative of Western Orientalist ideology at the turn of the 20th century, which is somewhat softened by Kipling's fondness for his former home. Both Jungle Books are illustrated by the author's father, John Lockwood Kipling, who was a practicing illustrator and art professor in Bombay.