London: Methuen and Co., 1896. First English Trade Edition. Cloth. 8vo, red cloth, top edges gilded [t.e.g.] by publisher for dust protection, xv [xvi- xviii],  2-230 deckled pages + 39 Ads dated October, 1896. Very Good + / None. Item #2540
Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.
Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888).
His more famous poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "A Song of the English" and "McAndrew's Hymn" (1896) in this volume; "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910).
He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature, and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift."
Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius, as distinct from fine intelligence, that I have ever known."
In 1907, at the age of 42, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize and its youngest recipient to date.--Wikipedia
Rudyard Kipling wrote this book shortly after his famous Jungle books and dedicated it to the city of Bombay. Contains 209 pages of poems and ballads of sailing and the high seas.
This first British edition was slightly enlarged over the U.S. trade edition, which was published nearly simultaneously. Richards A93, Livingston 131, Stewart 140.
Solid, clean, unfoxed copy with fading to the cloth and slight rubbing to its extremities. No bookplates or signatures by previous owners.