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..
  Published: 5 October 1909, at 6s; 20,000 copies printed.

Provenance: From the Kipling collection of Philadelphia lawyer Ellis Ames Ballard (1861-1938), and with his circular leather and gilt bookplate.

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, A225. Martindell, Bibliography of Rudyard Kipling, 111. Livingston, Works of Rudyard Kipling, 323. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 320. Grolier, Catalogue of the works of Rudyard Kipling, 392. Ballard, My Kipling Collection, CLVI(A). Bleiler, Checklist of Science-Fiction & Supernatural Fiction, 114. The Kipling Society.

Octavo (book size 20.5 x 13.8 cm), pp. [6] 301 [1] [4 (publisher’s ads)] [8 (publisher’s catalogue of Autumn 1909)]. Publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, medallion of elephant blocked in gilt to front board, top edge gilt, others trimmed.
  Condition: Near fine, toning to endpapers, rear hinge starting, light wear to corners and edges.   Ref: 109462   Price: HK$ 1,000