1894 Antique The Jungle Book First Edition Rudyard Kipling Mowgli 1st Illus Vtg
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1894 Antique The Jungle Book First Edition Rudyard Kipling Mowgli 1st Illus Vtg:
THE JUNGLE BOOK
Original 1894 First Edition of “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling :: Published by New York: The Century Co. :: Measures 5 1/2 x 7 3/4" :: Complete with 303 Pages.
GOOD CONDITION: A tightly bound volume, solid hinges, slight cocking to binding, moderate foxing throughout, cover wear as shown, complete with all pages and illustrations; overall a good solid condition example of Kipling's Classic first edition work.
The best-known of the stories are the three stories revolving around the adventures of an abandoned "man cub" Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. As he grows up, he learns the ways of the jungle and the different personalities of its animals. He is accepted as a "wolf" by the other animals, but when he is finally exposed to humans, he begins to question his own identity. He resists the realization that he is human because he is dismayed by the greed and destructiveness of those who invade the jungle.
The most famous of the other stories are probably "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the story of a heroic mongoose, and "Toomai of the Elephants", the tale of a young elephant-handler. As with much of Kipling's work, each of the stories is preceded by a piece of verse, and succeeded by another. Kipling put in them nearly everything he knew or "heard or dreamed about the Indian jungle. Throughout, the Jungle Book contains numerous illustrations, many of which were done by Kipling's father himself. As a whole, it is a most charming copy of this rare first edition children's classic.
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