Departmental Ditties. Barrack-Room Ballads And Other Verses - Rudyard Kipling 1890 - United States Book Company, New York - First Edition of Barrack-Room Ballads, First American Edition of Departmental Ditties. First Issue. A sharp bright example of this large collection of Kipling’s classic verse, 66 in total, a compilation that includes the first printings of thirteen ballads and four ‘Other Verses’ printed two years later under the separate title of ‘Ballads and Barrack-Room Ballads’.

Most proving that we never learn, and many reliving the experiences of soldiers and civil servants sent around the world to defend the Empire, all for little pay and less appreciation.

When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains, An’ got to your Gawd like a soldier........’ – The Young British Soldier.
  Departmental Ditties:- Prelude; General Summary; Army Headquarters; Study of an Elevation in Indian Ink; A Legend of the Foreign Office; Story of Uriah; Lucifer; Post that Fitted; Public Waste; Delilah; What Happened; Pink Dominoes; The Man who could Write; Municipal; Code of Morals; The Last Department.

Barrack-Room Ballads:-
Danny Deever; Tommy; Fuzzy-Wuzzy; Oonts!; Loot; Soldier, Soldier; Sons of the Widow; Troopin'; Gunga Din; Mandalay; The Young British Soldier; Screw-Guns; Belts.

Other Verses:- To the Unknown Goddess; Rupaiyat of Omar Kal'vin; La Nuit Blanche; My Rival; Lovers' Litany; Ballad of Burial; Divided Destinies; Masque of Plenty; Mare's Nest; Possibilities; Christmas in India; Pagett, M.P.; The Song of the Women; A Ballade of Jakko Hill; The Plea of the Simla Dancers; Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House; “As the Bell Clinks”; An Old Song; Certain Maxims of Hafiz; Grave of the Hundred Head; Moon of Other Days; Overland Mail; What the People said; Undertaker's Horse; Fall of Jock Gillespie; Arithmetic on the Frontier; One Viceroy Resigns; The Betrothed; A Tale of Two Cities; Giffen's Debt; In Springtime; Two Months; The Galley Slave; L’Envoi; Conundrum of the Workshops; Explanation; Gift of the Sea; Evarra and his Gods.

Provenance: Francis Dana with his family armourial bookplate, and signature dated September 1893.

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, A48. Livingston, Works of Rudyard Kipling, 55. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 79. Grolier, Catalogue of the works of Rudyard Kipling, 110. Ballard, My Kipling Collection, XLIII(A). Herbert, Burma 686.
Published: 29 November 1890, at $1.25. First issue with ‘Lovell’ to base of spine (later issues had ‘Lovell, Coryell’, or ‘American Publishing Co.’), variant with only one blank leaf in front and none at the rear (usually encountered with two blank leaves to the front and six blank leaves at the rear.

Octavo (book size 19.5 x 13.3 cm), pp. [4] vi 270. In publisher’s maroon cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt to spine and front boards, bevelled edges, top edge gilt.
  Condition: Fine, with the exception of one or two very small spots to boards, and a slight dulling to spine.   Ref: 109682   Price: HK$ 2,800