Hard Cover. London: Macmillan and Co., 1902. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing. Illustrated by the author. Original publisher's red cloth, stamped with illustrations of animals at a watering hole in black and white. A very good copy with some rubbing to the extremities, fading to spine and covers, hinges reinforced with tape, foxing to endpapers. 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.