KIPLING, Rudyard (author and illustrator). Just So Stories. London; Macmillan And Co., Limited. 1902.
Small 4to.; sometime finely bound in full white pictorial vellum over bevelled boards, spine with 5 slightly raised bands elaborately decorated, and lettered, gilt in compartments, with double-line gilt fillet to both covers enclosing, on the upper board, a large pictorial block in gilt repeating Kipling's illustration of the Elephant's Child, all edges gilt, cream endpapers, with double white ribbon-ties to fore-edge; illustrated throughout with decorative initials, full-page black-and-white plates, and decorations and smaller illustrations, some heightened in red, all by the author; externally a very good, clean, and attractive copy with some gatherings lightly toned, with an intermittent scattering of pale foxing and a few other small marks.
First edition of Kipling's classic collection of origin tales which explain how animals obtained their distinctive features. This, along with The Jungle Book, is the author's best-known work. Kipling developed them as bedtime stories, told over and over again, for the entertainment of his daughter Josephine, who like them delivered in the same language, or "just so".