London: Macmillan, 1894, 1895. First editions. A lovely, very Nearly Fine set of Kipling's most beloved work. Slight rubbing at the spine ends and corners of both volumes. Bookplate on the front paste-down of book one, light foxing throughout book two. Despite the minor defects, a handsome set, entirely without repair.
Based on folk tales and legends that Kipling learned during his childhood in India and written while in Vermont. This work of several inter-related short stories met with huge success upon publication and continues to enthrall readers of all ages to this day. According to Professor Edwin L. Miller, their publication "caused even severe critics of his previous work to admit that he is a writer of inspired genius." Kipling was the first English-language writer, and the youngest ever, to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Near Fine (Item #1791)