Kim; The Naulahka: A Story of West and East. Rudyard Kipling, Wolcott Balestier.
Kim; The Naulahka: A Story of West and East
Kim; The Naulahka: A Story of West and East
Kim; The Naulahka: A Story of West and East

Kim; The Naulahka: A Story of West and East

Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Two works by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), the canonical British author & journalist, in one rare volume: Kim, the novel which is among Kipling's most acclaimed & famous works, in which Kim (Kimball O'Hara), an Irish orphan living by his wits in British-ruled India during the late 19th century, gets deeply involved in adventures as he is brought into the "Great Game" of intrigues between imperial powers. Kim stands as a classic for children & adults alike, first published in complete book form during 1901. Here it is presented as a volume in "The Mandalay Edition of the Works of Rudyard Kipling," along with The Naulahka: A Story of West and East, a relatively more obscure novel written by Kipling in collaboration with Balestier Wolcott (1861-1891), an American author whose sister, Carrie, married Kipling in 1891, the year in which this work was first published & Balestier died tragically at not quite the age of 30. A very handsome production, hardcover in dark red cloth covers with Kipling's initials embossed in front cover medallion, titles & author on paper affixed to spine, first edition thus of 1925. We have seen no reference to dust jackets for this or other volumes in this edition, if any existed it is not present here. A most stately & collectible vintage version of the Kipling classic along with a lesser-known but interesting work, in exceptionally fine unrestored condition: Hardly any rubbing to front, back covers & spine; very mild rubbing with slightest loss of red coloring to edges & corners of same; very light browning & rubbing to side & lower edges of text block (uncut as issued); cut, gilt upper edge of same with mild rubbing & a few tiny scratches, only slight dulling of gilt. Interior fine with slight rubbing at spine-edges of front paste-down & endpaper; small area near upper right corner of front endpaper with partially removed sticker; small, thin areas of red dye residue at decorative borders near spine-edges of rear paste-down & endpaper (apparently a minor flaw as issued). Binding completely tight & intact; all page leaves in beautiful condition except for first blank leaf with short, faint creases & one tiny, closed tear at/ near upper outer corner; small stamp of Detroit's venerable John K. King Books at lower left corner of blank inner front endpaper. We note that the decorations of paste-downs & endpapers include swastikas, which were ancient Indian symbols long-preceding the Nazis' notorious version that went along an opposite direction. Fine. [Item #4333]

Price: $60.00