Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling (1902) (1st ed)

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Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling (1902) (1st ed)

S$320.00

The first edition of a children’s classic, and the only one of Kipling’s books that he illustrated himself.

Title: Just So Stories

Author: Macmillan and Co., London, 1902. First edition, first impression.

Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth. Good. Some rubbing to covers, and slight bleeding of the cover’s red dye on back endpaper. Inscription to ffep. Slight foxing. Text clean, binding sound. 22 illustrated plates by Kipling, collated complete. 249pp., app 10″ by 7″. Scarce.

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Description

About the book (from Wikipedia):

Just So Stories for Little Children is a 1902 collection of origin stories by the British author Rudyard Kipling. Considered a classic of children’s literature, the book is among Kipling’s best known works.

Kipling began working on the book by telling the first three chapters as bedtime stories to his daughter Josephine. These had to be told “just so” (exactly in the words she was used to) or she would complain. The stories describe how one animal or another acquired its most distinctive features, such as how the leopard got his spots. For the book, Kipling illustrated the stories himself.