Puck of Pook’s Hill - Rudyard Kipling 1906 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition [Ads dated N.15.8.06 to rear] A fine first edition, in bespoke leather and sheepskin slipcase. With twenty full page illustrations by H. R. Miller.

Kipling's popular series of tales and poems set in different historical eras, including Roman Britain, Anglo-Saxon England, The Norman Conquest, The Middle Ages and the Tudor Period.

The stories are all told to two children living near Pevensey, East Sussex, by characters magically plucked out of history by 'Puck'. Long thought to be a key inspiration behind C S Lewis’ beloved ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ series.
  Traditionally the term 'Puck' referred to a malicious spirit or demon of popular superstition, and from the 16th century the name of a mischevious goblin (or Hobgoblin), similar to that appearing in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', the fairy scene from which is acted out here. Although 'Puck' is seen as a children's book, (in the same way 'Treasure Island' or 'King Solomon's Mines' are viewed), the story-tellers are adults and the romances they describe would only be suitable for older readers.

Published 2 October 1906, at 6s; 10,000 copies printed. Published simultaneously with Macmillan’s uniform edition and the American Edition. The poems all appear for the first time, the stories had previously been published in the Strand magazine.

References: OCEL. Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, A205. Martindell, Bibliography of Rudyard Kipling, 107. Livingston, Works of Rudyard Kipling, 299. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 306. Grolier, Catalogue of the works of Rudyard Kipling, 367. Ballard, My Kipling Collection, CXLI(A). Bleiler, Fantastic Literature 277.

Octavo (book size 20.5 x 14 cm). pp x 306 [4 (publisher’s ads)]. Publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, medallion of elephant blocked in gilt to front board, top edge gilt.
  Condition: Fine in very good custom slipcase, wear to edges and spine.   Ref: 109457   Price: HK$ 1,800