(New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1919). 246 x 167 mm. (9 3/4 x 6 1/2"). 3 p.l., v-xiii, [i], 783,  pp. One volume bound in two. ONE OF 250 COPIES of the Autograph Edition, SIGNED BY AUTHOR.
VERY FINE BLACK LEVANT MOROCCO, LAVISHLY GILT, covers with gilt border comprising eight plain and stippled rules and a decorative gilt roll, central panel with elaborate cornerpieces featuring lush scrolling, foliate fleurons, and a large rose, raised bands, spines densely gilt in compartments similarly decorated with rose, foliage, and fleurons, STRIKING CRIMSON DOUBLURES with elaborate gilt framing, watered silk endleaves, top edge gilt. Title page with embossed library stamp of Robert Rutherford. Stewart 467. Joints and spine bands with just a hint of rubbing, but A FINE, LUXURIOUS COPY inside and out.
This is a handsomely bound copy of the collected verse of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), Nobel Laureate and one of Britain's best-known writers, noted especially for his works portraying life on the Indian subcontinent. He also produced nearly 500 poems, written between 1895 and 1918, that reflect his adventurous life, from his formative years in India to his reflections on the tragedies of the First World War. Written for the most part in an alternating rhyme scheme, the poems are usually impassioned and occasionally droll, most often depicting scenes of war or exotic adventure in various locations around the world. Whether we recognize the source, most of us are familiar with many commonly used lines from Kipling's poetry, like "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din," spoken by a British soldier honoring an Indian orderly who was killed in the line of duty. Our edition of "Verse" can be found in the marketplace, but very seldom so decoratively bound, or in the fine condition seen here. (ST15557-15)
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PJP Catalog: SE19BF.065