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.
  Provenance: Wilbur Cherrier Whitehead (1886-1931), American industrialist, author, and pioneering auction and contract bridge player, with his pictorial bookplate; later of Paul Hyde Bonner (1893-1968), noted American collector, author, and diplomat, with his armourial bookplate.

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, E1-12. Martindell, Bibliography of Rudyard Kipling, 67. Livingston, Works of Rudyard Kipling, 133. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 157. Grolier, Catalogue of the works of Rudyard Kipling, 216. Ballard, My Kipling Collection, LXXXX.

Published: 30 October 1896, at 6s; 5,000 copies printed. As noted in Kipling’s contract with Macmillan (Watt UNC 452.29), this is an “illustrated volume of stories (already published)” in prior English editions: ‘
With the Main Guard’ in Soldiers Three, ‘The Drums of the Fore and Aft’ in Wee Willie Winkie, ‘The Taking of Lungtungpen’ and ‘The Madness of Private Ortheris’ in Plain Tales from the Hills, and the balance - ‘The Man Who Was’, ‘The Courting of Dinah Shadd’, and ‘The Incarnation of Krishna Mulvaney’ in Life’s Handicap.

Small octavo (book size 19.3 x 13.3 cm), pp. viii 172. In publisher’s smooth blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spines, ruled and blocked with vignettes to spines and front boards, all edges gilt, dark bluish green coated endpapers.
  Condition: Fine   Ref: 109681   Price: HK$ 2,000