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 Editions, First Printings A superb and elegantly bound set of Kipling’s classic collection of short stories, best-known being the three tales revolving around the adventures of the abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle.

Kipling’s genius as a story teller shines, 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.
  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]. first printing, second state with printer ‘R. & R. Clark, Limited’ at base of page 238 [first state omitted the ‘Limited’], also with 2 pages of publishers ads to rear [missing from the second edition] Includes blank leaf before half-title.

References: Richards A76 A85. Martindell 61 63. Stewart 123 132.
Two 8vo. volumes. pp. [2] vi [2] 212 [2]; [8] 238 [2 advertisements] [2].
  Elegantly hand-bound in full dark blue morocco, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, gilt fillet border to covers, dark blue endpapers, all edges gilt, publisher's original gilt illustrated cloth front panels and spines bound in at rear of each volume.   Condition: Very good to near fine, sporadic light spotting, in fine bindings.   Ref: 108317   Price: HK$ 16,000