Wee Willie Winkie and Other Child Stories
Allahabad: A. H. Wheeler & Co., .
Allahabad: A. H. Wheeler & Co., . First edition. First issue without the periods after "A" and "H" in the publisher's name on the front cover. Original wrappers, with previous owner's name in ink on the front wrapper. In excellent condition overall. Housed in a custom red quarter-leather slipcase with chemise.
The last of Kipling's famous Indian Railway Library Series, Wee Willie Winkie & Other Child Stories contain four of his best known pieces focused on the younger generation. Focused on the tale of Willie Winkie, the young son of a military Colonel, Kipling's children's book depicts the dangers to be found in the British colonies as well as the opportunities those spaces pose for bravery and growth. Though the narrative begins with Willie's youthful rebellion against the rigid rules of the military camp in which he lives, it traces his successful attempt to right his wrongs and rescue those put at risk. In the end, Willie claims his adult name -- notably Percival, the same name as a knight of the Round Table -- and Kipling declares "And in this manner did Wee Willie Winkie enter into his manhood." Some of Kipling's finest. Near Fine (Item #4866)