SOLD - The Jungle Book – with – The Second Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling, J. Lockwood Kipling, W. H. Drake, and P. Frenzery (illustrators) 1894 - Macmillan & Co., London - First Edition of ‘Jungle Book’, First English Edition of ‘Second Jungle Book‘ A superb set of Kipling’s classic collection of short stories, exceptional and rare in this fine condition.

Best-known for the three tales revolving around the adventures of the abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, but Kipling’s genius as a story teller shines throughout, eloquently weaving morals together with his subtle, multilayered characters to produce some of the most well loved stories of childhood fantasy such as '
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi', the story of a heroic mongoose, 'Toomai of the Elephants', the tale of a young elephant-handler, and Kotick the ‘White Seal’.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, mostly by Kipling’s father John Lockwood Kipling.
  Provenance: Ella B. Cussons (1884-1969) with her name to upper edge of ‘Second Jungle Book’ title page dated Christmas 1895.

The Jungle Book - Published: 22 May 1894, 7,000 copies. First edition first printing, first state with page 212 showing printer as ‘R. & R. Clark‘ (second state added ‘Ltd.’).

The Second Jungle Book - Published: 12 November 1895, 10,000 copies. First English edition (the American edition preceded the English edition by three days), page 139 with vignette and with the text of The King’s Ankus stopping abruptly at line 8 page 139 (in the second English edition the missing 515 words are supplied, and the story ends on line 6 of page 141, but without the vignette tail piece of the first edition - Stewart 133), 2 pages of publishers ads to rear (missing from the second edition), includes blank leaf before half-title.

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, A76 A85. Martindell, Bibliography of Rudyard Kipling, 61 63. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 123 132. Livingston, Works of Rudyard Kipling, 104 & 116.

Two small octavo volumes (book size 19 x 13 cm). pp. [2] vi [2] 212 [2]; [8] 238 [2 advertisements]. In publisher’s smooth blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spines, ruled and blocked with vignettes to spines and front boards, all edges gilt, charcoal grey endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine to fine, gilt bright, hinges sound, the merest whiff of foxing to volume I and slightly more of a hint to volume II.   Ref: 109403   Price: HK$ 0