(London: Macmillan and Co., 1913). 188 x 115 mm. (7 3/8 x 4 1/2"). xix, , 302 pp.,  leaf. First English Edition, Second Printing.
UNUSUAL CONTEMPORARY EMERALD GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT, covers with sprays of gilt and onlaid daisies emanating from the gilt rules that flank the spine's raised bands, gilt titling, gilt-ruled turn-ins, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt on the rough. Stewart, p. 284-84. A breath of foxing to table of contents, but A VERY FINE COPY, internally quite clean and fresh, in an unworn binding.
In this compilation, the author has brought together all of the songs and poems that appear in his prose work--more than 100 titles. Kipling usually began chapters in his books with a few lines of verse, and here we find the complete poems from which these were taken. Though better known for his stories of adventure, Kipling (1865-1936) was a most accomplished poet. After praising the brilliance of his fiction, DNB concludes, "what may be said of his prose work may apply even more strongly to his poetry, whose extraordinary variety of form and content is only now beginning to be appreciated. Among modern writers in English, only Thomas Hardy can be compared to Kipling for high achievement in both poetry and prose." Our charming binding is unsigned, but was likely done by a talented amateur around the time the book was published. The design is inventive and the work is careful. Neither the binding nor the contents show any evidence of use. (ST15406a)
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