Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1980. David Gentleman. Easton Press Collectors Edition reprinting The George Macy Companies edition (1968) illustrated by David Gentleman. Leather with gilt-stamping. Quarto (10 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 1 5/8"), full green leather with 22k lettering on spine, four raised hubs, and bamboo gilt decorations on spine and covers; illustrated by David Gentleman with sketch of Rudyard Kipling (tinted) as frontispiece plus several full-page colored and many B&W in-text sketches; Introduction by Bonamy Dobrée; light yellow watered silk moiré endpapers; satin page-marker; all page edges gilt [a.e.g.]; xiv, [xv-xviii] + 383 pages. Weight: 2 lbs. 14 oz. Very Fine / None. Item #7322
Kipling's marvellous Jungle Books with memorable characters like Mowgli the boy raised by wolves who becomes the friend of animals, Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear, and Kaa the cobra first appeared in England during the mid-1890s.
Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) was an enormously popular English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.
many of Kipling's works have become classics of children's literature; among them: The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
The rich green leather is tight, clean, bright. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints ensure the quality binding. Printed on archival quality acid free paper. All the 22 karet gold decorations, lettering, and page edges are brilliant. All the color illustrations are clean, bright, and unfoxed. No previous owner's inscriptions or marginalia. "Notes from the Archives" insert not present, otherwise "As New."