Life’s Handicap: Being Stories of Mine Own People - Rudyard Kipling 1891 - Macmillan, London - First Edition A compilation of 27 stories and one poem, sixteen stories and the poem appear here for the first time, the remainder were published five months earlier to counteract unauthorised American printings, a common challenge for Kipling. Housed in bespoke sheepskin lined green morocco leather slipcase.

Hiding amongst the more standard colonial short stories of Kipling in this collection, are six of a darker nature, nightmare murder, premonitions, curses, and all - ‘
Bubbling Well Road’, ‘Dream of Duncan Parrenness’, ‘Courting of Dinah Shadd’, ‘At the End of the Passage’, ‘Mark of the Beast’, and ‘Return of Imray’.
  Published 14 August 1891 at 6s, 5,000 copies printed.

Provenance: Small blind stamp of booksellers Palmer and Howe, Prince’s Street, Manchester to front free endpaper.

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, A57a. Martindell, Bibliography of Rudyard Kipling, 52. Livingston, Works of Rudyard Kipling, 80. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 100. Grolier, Catalogue of the works of Rudyard Kipling, 154. Ballard, My Kipling Collection, XLVI(B). Bleiler, Checklist of Science-Fiction & Supernatural Fiction, 115.

Octavo (book size 19.5 x 13.5 cm), pp. xvi [8] 352, 56 (publisher’s catalogue dated May, 1891). Publisher’s dark blue diaper grain cloth boards (Richards variant a), spine lettered in gilt, spine and front board decorated in gilt and blind, rear board with publisher’s device blocked in blind, dark blue-green coated endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, light rubbing to edges and toning to spine, 3 small spots of wear, inner hinges starting, internally fine. Slipcase very good with rubbing to spine and edges.   Ref: 109455   Price: HK$ 1,800