Just So Stories For Little Children - Rudyard Kipling 1902 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition, First Printing In the beginning of years, when the world was so new-and-all, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was a Camel, and he lived in the middle of a Howling Desert because he did not want to work.

A stunningly bound first edition by Bayntun-Rivière of Bath, housed in custom felt-lined slipcase.

Presenting Kipling’s twelve wonderful children’s stories and twelve poems, including
How the Camel Got His Hump, How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin and How The Leopard Got His Spots and How The Alphabet Was Made. Charmingly illustrated throughout by Kipling (the only book Kipling illustrated himself).
  ‘The Just So Stories developed from tales Kipling told small audiences of children, his own and those of nephews and nieces. There was a ritual that laid down that the stories should be told with no change in wording or intonation from previous recitations. The phrase that they should be “just so” was that of Kipling’s daughter. The book was completed and prepared with Josephine very much in mind, and he lavished care on the book, with twelve stories, twelve poems, and an accompanying pictures; it was the only book he illustrated himself.’ - Adams The Little Black Book.

First edition, first printing, with copyright page listing no further printings (second printing copyright page states ‘First Edition December 1902 Reprinted October 1902 ‘. - Published 30 September 1902, 20,000 copies printed.

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, A181, Martindell 99. Livingston 267. Stewart 260.

Large octavo (binding size 23.4x17.8cm), pp. [10] 249 [5] [4].
  Finely bound by Bayntun-Rivière in full crimson morocco, the spine lettered and dated in gilt with one line panels, elephant centres and tooled bands, a single gilt fillet border enclosing onlay on upper cover in coloured leathers depicting an elephant and palm tree, edges tooled in gilt, inner ruled in gilt with corner emblems, hand-marbled end papers, all edges gilt, original illustrated cloth covers and spine bound in at rear.   Condition: Fine in fine slipcase   Ref: 109790   Price: HK$ 25,000