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Jungle Book True First Ed 1st Issue 1894 Rudyard Kipling Inscribed Signed For Sale
JUNGLE BOOK by RUDYARD KIPLING: IMPORTANT TRUE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF THIS CLASSIC WORK A presentation copy to family friend which presumed inscribed by Kipling
Please see condition description and provenance below for further detail.
The Jungle Book. Categorically, contains some of the best known and most loved stories the world over.
Best known for the 'Mowgli' stories; the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves, educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by, Baloo the bear, Kaa the python and Bagheera the black panther. The stories, a mixture of fantasy, myth, and magic, are underpinned by Kipling's aoffering preoccupation with the theme of self-discovery, and the natural 'Law'
The stories of Mowgli, a human child lost in the jungles of India and raised by wild animals, instantaneously struck a cord with readers who somehow found him and his animal friends easy to relate to.
"Rikki-tikki-tavi" one of the non Mowgli stories stands out as definitively different and unique. It is without question my favorite tale.
It seems to be a story that was born, not made. This story is an Epic, in which loyalty, courage and cunning defeat the forces of evil. Adults and children who simultaneously enjoy it together are relating to the same things.
Rikki has the moral virtues Kipling wants us to admire, but he is less part of the official machinery than Mowgli. There are no bears, etc: lecturing on civics; and the Law is only present by implication.' The mongoose has his own law, to defend that which he loves and holds true. Indeed, We all relate because Rikki-tikki taps into the collective universal archetypal recesses of our psyches and represents the steadfast hero who may sometimes falter but will always get back up.
Somewhat more alarming and intense than the Mowgli stories Rikki is also deeper and more powerful.
Excerpt from "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" in The Jungle Book:
Then he jumped. The head was lying a little clear of the water jar, under the curve of it; and, as his teeth met, Rikki braced his back against the bulge of the red earthenware to hold down the head. This gave him just one second’s purchase, and he made the most of it. Then he was battered to and fro as a rat is shaken by a dog--to and fro on the floor, up and down, and around in great circles, but his eyes were red and he held on as the body cart-whipped over the floor, upsetting the tin dipper and the soap dish and the flesh brush, and banged against the tin side of the bath. As he held he closed his jaws tighter and tighter, for he was sure he would be banged to death, and, for the honour of his family, he preferred to be found with his teeth locked. He was dizzy, aching, and felt shaken to pieces when something went off like a thunderclap just behind him. A hot wind knocked him senseless and red fire singed his fur. The big man had been wakened by the noise, and had fired both barrels of a shotgun into Nag just behind the hood.
Rikki-tikki held on with his eyes shut, for now he was quite sure he was dead. But the head did not move, and the big man picked him up and said, “It’s the mongoose again, Alice. The little chap has saved our lives now.”
As with much of Kipling's work, each of the stories is preceded by a piece of verse, and succeeded by another.
The Jungle Book is timeless and filled with stories for not only children but for anyone 8 to 108. They are no less relevant today than they were over 100 years ago.
"The older I get the MORE delight I find in these rich, masterful stories: a gift that goes on giving."
A true classic of its genre.
RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936). English writer and Nobel Laureate; the first English author to receive the Nobel Prize (1907). Rudyard Kipling is not only a master of the English language, he is a master teller of all tales
We believe this copy to be a presentation copy give by Kipling to R. Percy alden or directly to his son. Further all research indicates that it is inscribed in Kipling's Hand.
Please see provenance below for more in depth detail.
["Presentation copies- Books which were originally gifts from the author to a particular person (usually a friend or family member) who had a direct association with the author."]
Inside cover has the Engraved bookplate of R. Percy Alden, drawn by the American artist J. Alden Weir. Inscription to Jack Alden on inside ffep date 1894 appears to be by Kipling.
Robert Percy Alden was a wealthy well connected Attorney from New york who came from one of the oldest families in America. He was in fact a direct descendant of John Alden (c. 1599 – 1689) who is purported to be the first person from the Mayflower to set foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620. He was also a founder of Plymouth Colony
Kipling was an Alden family friend visiting Robert's grand Alden Villa at Lloyd Neck NY on more than one occasion. The Alden Villa is one of the earliest, if not the earliest homes designed almost entirely by notorious architect Stanford White himself.
Both Kipling and Percy Alden were also members of the Century Association an elite private club in New York City started by editor and poet William Cullen Bryant originally limited to 100 members it was mainly composed of authors artists and literary men of the culturally elite.
This copy was clearly given to R. Percy's son John nickname Jack and the inscription handwriting appears to match Kipling's. It was common for Kipling to simply sign RK or nothing at all, as in this case, especially when the book was for friends and family. The mix of printed and script characters is a hallmark of Kipling's handwriting. Our research indicates that style and appearance also appear to match. This given with the above described provenance make it in all likelihood a Kipling inscription.
Condition: EXCEEDINGLY RARE INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY A TRUE FIRST EDITION FIRST PRINT with frontispiece, remains in very good condition. All first print points of issue match no other printings mentioned. Original publisher's blue cloth with gold stamping, three elephants with riders on the front cover; Rikki Tikki and Nagaina on the spine with gilt titling, all edges gilt., Gold gilt on all fronts remain bold and bright bookplate text block shifted forward slightly, outer cloth cracking a little along the back joint, as typical scattered foxing. Engraved bookplate of R. Percy Alden, drawn by the American artist J. Alden Weir. inside front board and an inscription dated 1894 on ffep, "Jack Alden, Paris";,
We rarely come across pieces which we have difficulty estimating a price range, This rare gem is just such a piece however. TRUE FIRST EDITION FIRST ISSUES in this desirable condition can sell in the thousands. with it's provenance and inscription the sky is the limit. Other issues and publishings do not compare.
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