Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)

Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition). Rudyard Kipling.
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)
Three rare first issues of the Almanac, including an unrecorded example of the scarce copyright issue
Verses for Nicholson's Almanac of Sports 1898 (3 issues of the first edition)

London and New York: William Heinemann, 1897-1898. First editions. Three rare first edition issues of the Almanac, all in very nearly Fine condition. Featuring the very rare copyright issue, done in an edition of just 20 copies, bound by the publisher in full vellum with the a trial of the cover art stamping to the front board; all illustrations are proofs printed on Van Gelder paper to the recto only. Includes a proof of the four page publisher's prospectus. In his bibliography of Kipling, Richards locates only 10 of these copies; the present is not included, and only one similar copy is noted (with the suggestion it was the publisher's own copy). Accompanied by the limited edition Library Issue, printed on Japan vellum and bound in parchment as well as a copy of the first English trade issue in boards and printed on paper. Housed in a custom quarter morocco slipcase with chemise.

After the success of An Alphabet, William Nicholson began work on a series of illustrations depicting seasonal
English sports in 1897. Nicholson showed his designs to Kipling during a visit to the author and Kipling suggested writing verses to accompany them. When Nicholson informed his publisher, William Heinemann, the collaboration was approved and Kipling was commissioned to provide the verses. To secure Kipling’s copyright in the US, a small edition of 20 copies was printed by Will Bradley at the Wayside Press in Springfield, Massachusetts. The printing comprised 16 leaves, printed in red and black, of Kipling’s verses alone. According to our records no copies of this edition have been offered for sale at auction for at least 50 years. One copy (see Grolier 250, Livingston 145 note, and now at the University of Delaware) is, according to Richards, "bound in vellum boards with a black frame near the border nears the covers’ edges and an illustration of a coachman on the front cover, but no lettering, containing the colored plates of the English edition of An Almanac inserted in their proper places between Bradley’s printings of the verses, and at the end the title page and calendar pages of that edition, plus two leaves of advertisements with seven cuts in black and white announcing An Almanac’s forthcoming publication...” Richards also suggests this was “possibly Heinemann’s own copy.” The present copy is a similar example. The illustrations, however, are here all printed on one side of the page only. Richards may therefore be incorrect in describing the plates from “the English edition” given that illustrations in the English editions were printed on the recto of each leaf with text on the corresponding verso.

This copy is offered together with two issues of the English edition of An Almanac of Twelve Sports: the English
trade issue printed on “stout cartridge paper” and the English “library edition” printed on Japanese vellum with protective tissue guards between each plate (see Richards A105).

Provenance: Ellis Ames Ballard; Parke-Bernet Galleries, 21-22 January 1942; James F. Drake Rare Books and
Autographs, New York; Doris L. Benz.
About Fine (Item #4444)

Price: $10,000