KIPLING, Rudyard. Many Inventions. London: Macmillan and Co., 1893.
8vo. Original blue cloth, gilt decoration to front, gilt lettering to spine; pp. 365 + [vi, ads.]; spine slightly cocked, very clean and fresh, very good overall.
A collection of fourteen short stories whose original publication dates range from February 1890 through to the date of the collection’s first publication in 1893. They were therefore Kipling’s first collection of stories, and had been written after his departure from India in March 1889. Eight were written in England and six in the United States, after he and Caroline Balestier had married and settled in Vermont. Of particular interest is the story In the Rukh, which is the first in which the character of Mowgli appears:
"A man was walking down the dried bed of the stream, naked except for the loin-cloth, but crowned with a wreath of the tasselled blossoms of the white convolvulus creeper…
"I am without a village… I am a man without a caste, and for matter of that without a father."
"What do men call thee?"