Songs of the Sea
Songs of the Sea
Songs of the Sea

KIPLING, Rudyard and Donald MAXWELL (illustrator). Songs of the Sea.

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KIPLING, Rudyard and Donald MAXWELL (illustrator). Songs of the Sea. London: Macmillan & Co., 1927.

4to. Original parchment-backed pale blue boards, ruled in gilt; spine lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; with 12 mounted coloured plates and numerous illustrations in the text (some tinted) by Donald Maxwell; pp. [v], iv-xi, [i], 1-99, [i]; the boards a little grubby and rubbed to edges, with spine lightly soiled and one small scratch to upper board; free-endpapers lightly browned, as is common, but internally very fresh, and the plates vibrant.
Limited edition, one of 500 large paper copies, signed by Rudyard Kipling.
A charmingly illustrated of verses based on all things Oceanic and Marine. The Seven Seas was written after the Kipling family left their Vermont home Naulakha for good, while other poems such as 'Harp Song of the Dane Women', 'The Wet Litany' and 'Song of the Red War-Boat' have been taken from some of his earlier books; Puck of Pook's Hill, Traffics and Discoveries and Rewards and Fairies respectively.
Donald Maxwell was best known for his topographical paintings, and was a regular correspondent for the Daily Graphic and the illustrated weekly The Graphic from 1909 until its closure in 1932. Of his thirty or more self-illustrated books, most concerned voyages in Europe, Mesopotamia, Palestine, and India, but later he also expanded his canon to include the sights of Southern England. He also illustrated books by many other authors, including Hilaire Belloc and Rudyard Kipling, to whom his mother was related.