The Jungle Book
Macmillan, London, 1894. Cloth. Book Condition: Good+, No Jacket. First Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 1st Edition, 2nd Imp 1894. Same format and published 1 months after the First Edition. 212pp. Bound in the original blue cloth, decorated with an elephant and riders vignette to the upper boards, spine titles in gilt to the spine. Spine ends with some wear and minor splitting, softened. Block slightly cocked, all edges gilt. Black endpapers, prev owner's name verso, slight age toning to the page edges. Frontis with attached tissue guard, albeit tanned. Pages are tight, some sporadic foxing, mostly to the outer margins. Rare title, which introduced the world to Mowgli and was later made into the (best!) Disney feature film.
British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling was born in India lived there & in England & wrote these stories when he lived in Vermont. The tales are fables, using animals in an anthropomorphic manner to give moral lessons. The verses of The Law of the Jungle, for example, lay down rules for the safety of individuals, families & communities. Kipling put in them nearly everything he knew or "heard or dreamed about the Indian jungle." Other readers have interpreted the work as allegories of the politics & society of the time. The best-known of them are the three stories revolving around the adventures of an abandoned "man cub" Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian Jungle with the help of Baloo the bear & Bagheera the black panther, & then has to fight the tiger Shere Khan. The most famous of the other stories are probably "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the story of a heroic mongoose, & "Toomai of the Elephants", the tale of a young elephant-handler. "The White Seal", in which the main character seeks a haven for his people where they would be safe from hunters, has been considered a metaphor for Zionism, then in its beginning. As with much of Kipling's work, each of the stories is preceded by a piece of verse, & succeeded by another.
One of a number of similar Items I am selling. Postage combined/reduced where possible when taking more than one item where possible, but please await a Combined invoice before paying. Please also await an invoice if purchasing a 'Courier' item.
DSR's: If you have any issue with your purchase, and think the service I offer is less than 5 stars, please contact me BEFORE leaving feedback. I pride myself on good customer service, and always try to get items sent out within 24-48 hours (1-2 working days). Please base your DSR for Dispatch time on this, and not the transit time, which is out of my control. Postage and packaging costs are kept to a minimum, with only a nominal fee being added for packaging materials where necessary. Items are described as accurately as possible, but if you think I have overlooked anything please drop me a line. This excludes foxing, previous owner's names or inscriptions, etc. Any negative points, such as missing or torn pages are usually noted on the relative listing. I would rather my customers be pleasantly surprised than disappointed.
***Overseas Bidders*** No cheques please unless drawn on a UK bank. Overseas transactions to be paid with Paypal, NO Foreign Currency, thanks. Please note that heavier items are not able to be sent to PO Boxes by UK Couriers.
***All Bidders*** Please note that items are sent to the address as stated on your initial invoice unless I am imformed otherwise in A SEPARATE EMAIL VIA EBAY.
All items are sent without insurance, although this can be arranged for an additional fee, please contact me for more details. Postage is combined when more than one item is purchased where possible.
New: A new book, never used.
As New (AN): Although a used book, it should appear unread with no flaws, just as when it was sold new.
Fine (F): Should have no flaws, a perfect copy of a used book. Mint: Another term for Fine.
Near Fine (NF): May show a small flaw, such as shelf wear, but nearly perfect and unread.
Very Good (VG): The broadest category for used books, this describes any average used book. May have small flaws, and has probably been read, but should appear overall clean and attractive.
Good (G): Will probably have significant wear or damage, although is still intact. Suitable for reading, but not necessarily a good gift copy. The old saying in bookselling is "good ain't good."
Fair: Another term for Poor or Reading Copy: Heavily worn or damaged, a poor book will be readable but not attractive.
Binding Copy: This will be the complete pages of the book, but the binding has been broken or damaged to the point it will need professional rebinding