London: Macmillan and Co., 1894 and 1895. First editions. 2 works, octavo. Original blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt, pictorial designs to front covers in gilt, green endpapers, edges gilt. Illustrated frontispiece to The Jungle Book, illustrations in the text of both volumes, by William Henry Drake, Paul Frenzeny, and the author’s father John Lockwood Kipling. Early bookplates of Kenneth T. Gemmell to front pastedown of both volumes (consequently, the set has not been made up recently, as often); contemporary bookseller’s ticket of William Brown of Edinburgh to second volume. Light rubbing at extremities and faint foxing to contents; a near-fine set, tight, cloth bright and clean.
First editions. The two Jungle Books were collections of stories which had previously appeared in periodicals prior to their publication in the present book-form. The stories were loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name, which have helped to establish the books as Kipling’s best-known prose work.
Richards A76 & A85. (Item #2735)