The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling.
The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book
The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book
The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book

The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book

Hard Cover. London: Macmillan and Co., 1894, 1895, 1894. First Edition. Very Good.


Two volumes. First editions, first printings. The Jungle Book (1894) is illustrated by John Lockwood Kipling, William Henry Drake, and Paul Frenzeny. The Second Jungle Book (1895) is illustrated by John Lockwood Kipling. Presentation copy of The Jungle Book, signed and initialed by Grant Richards to title page. Publisher's blue boards, spines lettered in gilt, pictorial jungle images based on artwork by the author's father John Lockwood Kipling stamped to the front boards in gilt, all edges gilt, green coated endpapers, "Neva and Guy Littell" bookplates to front pastedowns, housed in dark blue slipcases. Very good set with a bit of spotting to boards, some toning to spines, light wear to spine ends, staining to the first several leaves of The Jungle Book and slightly cracked front hinge to The Second Jungle Book. Overall, a bright and very good set. The Jungle Books are collections 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. The Jungle Book is signed and initialed by the British publisher, Grant Richards. Richards started The World's Classics series and was described by The Times as someone who "published the best books of his time." Both copies contain "Neva and Guy Littell" bookplates. Guy Littell was the vice president and treasurer of the R. R. Donnelly & Sons printing firm and spearheaded a campaign to print high-quality illustrated American books with modern commercial machinery in the early 20th century called the "Four American Books" campaign. One of the campaign's greatest successes was the Rockwell Kent-illustrated edition of Moby Dick (1930), which is considered the definitive illustrated edition of the text.


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