The City Of Dreadful Night - Rudyard Kipling 1899 - Alex. Grosset, New York - The First American Edition The text’s initial appearance in the United States was through its inclusion in ‘Out of India’ , published in 1895, but this unauthorised printing constitutes the first separate American edition. all eight sketches from the authorised 1891 London edition ‘The City of Dreadful Night and Other Places’.

All that aside, this is a superb example of the most magnificently presented edition, including a full page frontispiece of the author from Strang, and two full page black and white illustrations by Charles Farrand.

In 1898 Kipling first travelled to Calcutta and this is the account of the visit, and if you have travelled to what is now ‘Kolkata’ over the past 30 or so years and been taken aback but its sheer personality, then I believe the Calcutta of the late 1800’s was an even more powerful visual and tactile experience, as Kipling here wonderfully describes.
  Provenance: With Contemporary name of previous owner, dated December 1906 to front free endpaper.

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, E1-48. Livingston, Works of Rudyard Kipling, 72. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 613.

Slim octavo (book size 19.5 x 13.8 cm), pp. 92 [2]. In publisher’s orange boards, lettered in dark orange to spine and front board amd illustrated to front board in black, top edge gilt others untrimmed.
  Condition: Near fine, faint sunning to spine, and a little soiled to outer edges and rear panel, but the black and orange illustration to the front board is fine, internally fine.   Ref: 109453   Price: HK$ 1,400