(London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1896). 190 x 122 mm. (7 1/2 x 4 3/4"). viii, 172 pp., with the half title. FIRST EDITION.
Publisher's blue cloth with gilt pictorial design on upper cover and on flat spine, all edges gilt. Vignette headpieces and tailpieces, frontispiece and 20 plates by A. S. Hartrick. Stewart 157. Spine just slightly cocked, a touch of rubbing to extremities, but the binding tight and bright; leaves a little yellowed with age, otherwise an excellent copy, entirely clean and fresh internally.
This is a very pleasing copy of a collection of short stories chronicling the adventures of the British military, primarily on the Indian subcontinent. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is most famous for his works portraying the lives of both natives and colonialists on the Indian subcontinent. An opponent of female suffrage and a staunch supporter of British imperialism, Kipling nonetheless had great sympathy for the traditions of India as well as the literary ability and desire to present it as a land of beauty and enchantment. He was born in Bombay, where his father ran a school of art, and he lived in India until the age of six. He was sent to school in England, but chose to return to the East at 18. His father had become director of the Lahore Museum in what is now Pakistan, and Rudyard became a journalist for the "Lahore Civil and Military Gazette." Hi work there helped to inspire his earliest stories which, like the present volume, dealt with military escapades. Among his many honors are a Nobel Prize (1907) and the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature (1926), which had previously only been awarded to Scott, Meredith, and Hardy. (ST15121b)
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