Thy Servant A Dog, told by Boots

KIPLING, Rudyard (author). G.S. STAMPA (illustrator). Thy Servant A Dog, told by Boots.

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KIPLING, Rudyard (author). G.S. STAMPA (illustrator). Thy Servant A Dog, told by Boots. London, Macmillan & Co., Ltd. 1930.

Square 8vo. Original red cloth stamped pictorially in black, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper in black and red; pp. [viii], 3-92 + [iii]; delightful and comical black-and-white illustrations by Stampa; both externally and internally fine, without inscription, protected by an uncommonly fresh, unclipped dustwrapper (5/-) with minute nicking to head of spine, one short closed corner tear (7mm), and one longer, but very unobtrusive, closed tear to base of spine (35mm) with a neat tape repair to the reverse.
First edition in book form and first combined with The Great Play Hunt and Toby Dog; rather elusive in the wrapper. Originally published in Liberty on 7 June, 1930 and then in Cassell's Magazine, August 1930. Loosely inserted at the front is a two-page typed account, by K.M. Wilson, '"Seeing it clear": Kipling, Lord Bathurst, and 'Thy Servant a Dog' giving background to the printing of this tale. Because of its subject-matter, no doubt, this work was enormously popular and went through eleven separate editions in its first twelve months.