a superior set of kipling's collected poems, beautifully presented by the chiswick press.
KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929. Macmillan & Co. 1929.
Large 4to, 3 vols.; original red morocco, spines lettered in gilt, with five raised bands ruled in black and gilt lettering direct to spines; with the rare original dust jackets lettered in red to upper panel; gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, else untrimmed; etched portrait frontispiece by Francis Dodd, signed by the artist; pp. Vol I[viii], v-xviii, [vi], 7-395, [vii]; Vol II [viii], v-xxii, [vi], 7-367, [iii]; Vol III [viii], v-xxi, [iii], 3-354, [iv]; jackets toned and creased to spines, with nicks to head and foot; Vol I wrapper split along spine, with a scratch to the upper panel; still a superior set, with many pages unopened. Provenance: Ex Libris of Vincent Lloyd-Russell to paste-downs.
First edition, limited to 525 numbered sets, this No. 369 signed by Rudyard Kipling. A beautifully produced set of books, set in Baskerville type and printed on handmade paper at the Chiswick Press.
Kipling was born in 1865, and died in 1936. This collection of poetry, therefore, encompasses the length and breadth of his life, and contains all of his best-loved poems, including Mandalay (first published 1890), Gunga Din (1890), and of course, If (1910). Volume I is split into 'Departmental Ditties', 'Barrack-Room Ballads' and 'The Seven Seas'; Volume II contains 'The Five Nations' and 'Songs from Books', while Volume II comprises 'Verses from 'Sea Warfare', The Years Between, The Muse Among the Motors, Verses from 'A History of England', Verses from 'A Diversity of Creatures', Verses from 'Land and Sea Tales', Verses from 'Debts and Credits' and, finally, 'Verses not Collected in Book Form'. All three volumes contain indexes, and the final volume ends with a Glossary of terms.