Stalky and Co. - Rudyard Kipling

1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First English Edition
“Stalky,’ in their school vocabulary, meant clever, well considered and wily, as applied to plans of action: and ‘stalkiness’ was the one virtue Corkran toiled after.’

Schoolboy japes and mischief abound in this volume about a trio in an English boarding school, based on Kipling’s own experiences as a young man. An amusing and entertaining novel from one of Britain’s most famous authors.
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The Light That Failed - Rudyard Kipling

1891 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Complete Edition
The first complete edition, of Kipling’s first novel, written when he was 26 years old, housed in bespoke sheepskin lined green morocco leather slipcase. With all fifteen chapters and the ‘sad ending, together with the first appearance of the poem ‘Mother O’ Mine’, as opposed to the 12 and 14 chapter American editions of December 1890, both ‘Disney’ versions that omitted the sad ending.

In Stewart’s variant a binding of blue cloth with the 56 page publisher’s catalogue dated February, 1891.

‘In 1890, Rudyard Kipling was living in two rented rooms above a sausage shop in Villiers Street, next to Charing Cross station, when he was commissioned to write a novel for Lippincott's Magazine. He worked to an exacting deadline of three months as he grappled with the most complex problem of his literary life.

The result was
The Light that Failed, a richly revealing, semi-autobiographical novel, which, though badly reviewed, has stayed in print for more than 100 years. The spark that ignited it was the reappearance in Kipling's life of his first love, Flo Garrard, and her crippling second rejection of him.’ – Jad Adams, The Guardian (January 2006).  
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Puck of Pook’s Hill - Rudyard Kipling

1906 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition [Ads dated N.15.8.06 to rear]
A fine first edition, in bespoke leather and sheepskin slipcase. With twenty full page illustrations by H. R. Miller.

Kipling's popular series of tales and poems set in different historical eras, including Roman Britain, Anglo-Saxon England, The Norman Conquest, The Middle Ages and the Tudor Period.

The stories are all told to two children living near Pevensey, East Sussex, by characters magically plucked out of history by 'Puck'. Long thought to be a key inspiration behind C S Lewis’ beloved ‘
Chronicles of Narnia’ series. 
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The Five Nations - Rudyard Kipling

1903 - Methuen and Co., London - First Edition
A fine first edition, uncut and unopened, housed in bespoke sheepskin lined leather slipcase. Also included is the publisher’s loose four page catalogue and order form, announcing the publication of ‘Mr. Kipling’s new book of verse’ - ‘The Five Nations’.

The ‘
Five Nations’ which Kipling here celebrates were Great Britain and its colonies Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Cape Colony in South Africa.

Consisting of 54 poems, 28 of which are had not been published before in any form, eight had not been published in book form, and three were expanded from chapter headings in Kipling’s wonderful ‘
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Actions and Reactions - Rudyard Kipling

1909 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition
A collection of eight stories and eight poems – ‘An Habitation Enforced’, ‘The Recall’, ‘Garm - a Hostage’, ‘Power of the Dog’, ‘The Mother HIve’, ‘Bee and the Flies’, ‘With the Night Mail’, ‘Four Angels’, ‘A Deal in Cotton’, ‘New Knighthood’, ‘The Puzzler’, ‘The Puzzler’ (verse), ‘Little Foxes’, ‘Gallio’s Song’, ‘The House Surgeon’, and ‘The Rabbi’s Song’. All the stories had previously appeared in American and/or English periodicals, while all the poems appear here for the first time.

Selecting one of them to show the diversity of Kipling’s storytelling, in ‘
With the Night Mail’ ‘it is the year 2000, and - powered by 'Fleury's Ray' - a host of transatlantic aircraft, most of them lighter-than-air (airships), are flying across the air waves. The narrator is on board a mail plane, en route from London to Quebec. The technicalities of the journey, the expertise of the crew, the radio communications they use, and the international beacons which guide the traffic, are described in impressive detail, until the Night Mail docks safely at its Receiving Tower twenty minutes ahead of schedule’. – John McGivering, The Kipling Society..  
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Soldier Tales - Rudyard Kipling

1896 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition of this Collection
Bright and sharp in the publishers gilt and blyue cloth, this is an illustrated collection of short stories selected from earlier works including: ‘With the Main Guard’, ‘Drums of the Fore and Aft’, ‘The Man Who Was’, ‘The Courting of Dinah Shadd’, ‘The Incarnation of Krishna Mulvaney’, ‘The Taking of Lungtungpen’, ‘The Madness of Private Ortheris’.

With twenty-one full-page black and white illustrations by A. S. Hartrick, and woodcuts as head and tailpieces at the beginning and end of the chapters.
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Departmental Ditties. Barrack-Room Ballads And Other Verses - Rudyard Kipling

1890 - United States Book Company, New York - First Edition of Barrack-Room Ballads, First American Edition of Departmental Ditties. First Issue.
A sharp bright example of this large collection of Kipling’s classic verse, 66 in total, a compilation that includes the first printings of thirteen ballads and four ‘Other Verses’ printed two years later under the separate title of ‘Ballads and Barrack-Room Ballads’.

Most proving that we never learn, and many reliving the experiences of soldiers and civil servants sent around the world to defend the Empire, all for little pay and less appreciation.

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains, An’ got to your Gawd like a soldier........’ – The Young British Soldier.

Departmental Ditties:-
Prelude; General Summary; Army Headquarters; Study of an Elevation in Indian Ink; A Legend of the Foreign Office; Story of Uriah; Lucifer; Post that Fitted; Public Waste; Delilah; What Happened; Pink Dominoes; The Man who could Write; Municipal; Code of Morals; The Last Department.

Barrack-Room Ballads:-
Danny Deever; Tommy; Fuzzy-Wuzzy; Oonts!; Loot; Soldier, Soldier; Sons of the Widow; Troopin'; Gunga Din; Mandalay; The Young British Soldier; Screw-Guns; Belts.

Other Verses:- To the Unknown Goddess; Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin; La Nuit Blanche; My Rival; Lovers' Litany; Ballad of Burial; Divided Destinies; Masque of Plenty; Mare's Nest; Possibilities; Christmas in India; Pagett, M.P.; The Song of the Women; A Ballade of Jakko Hill; The Plea of the Simla Dancers; Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House; “As the Bell Clinks”; An Old Song; Certain Maxims of Hafiz; Grave of the Hundred Head; Moon of Other Days; Overland Mail; What the People said; Undertaker's Horse; Fall of Jock Gillespie; Arithmetic on the Frontier; One Viceroy Resigns; The Betrothed; A Tale of Two Cities; Giffen's Debt; In Springtime; Two Months; The Galley Slave; L’Envoi; Conundrum of the Workshops; Explanation; Gift of the Sea; Evarra and his Gods.

Provenance: Francis Dana with his family armourial bookplate, and signature dated September 1893.
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