THE JUNGLE BOOK - 2ND JUNGLE BOOK - KIM
1995 Folio Editions. 3rd Impression. Re-Issued 1996.
FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1894, 1895 and 1901.
Publisher – The Folio Society, London.
Covers are all hard bound with various coloured cloth blocked with a printed front cover designed by an artist. Gilt lettering. Excellent Condition.
End Papers are intact on all volumes. Inside front and back covers are cream.
Preliminaries – Jungle Book - Frontispiece, List of
Contents, List of Illustrations, Preface. 2nd Jungle Book - List of Contents, List of Illustrations. Kim - Frontispiece, List of Illustrations, Map.
Main Text Body - Jungle Book - 191 pages : 2nd Jungle Book - 231 Pages : Kim - 285 Pages. All are fine and clear. Illustrated throughout by Maurice & Edward Detmold, Edward Detmold and re-created in colour by
David Eccles, and Auguste Leroux. The Jungle Book - The text of this edition is based on the 1908 edition in which the Detmold Illustrations first appeared. These illustrations are reproduced by permission of Macmillan Children's Books, London. 2nd Jungle Book - The text of this edition follows that of the Macmillan Uniform Edition of 1899, with minor emendations. Kim - The text of this edition follows that of the first book edition printed in 1901 with minor emendtions. Map of North West India reproduced by permission of Penguin books Ltd. All three volumes are printed with permission of Macmillan & Co, Ltd
End Matters - Kim - Explanatory Notes.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spines are tight with no gutter damage. Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
The Jungle Books can be regarded as classic stories told by an adult to children. They are best known for the 'Mowgli' stories; the tale of a baby abandoned and brought up by wolves, educated in the ways and secrets of the jungle by Kaa the python, Baloo the bear, and Bagheera the black panther. There’s Sher Khan, the biggest tiger in India as well as Rikki-tikki-tavi the mongoose and his “great war” against the vicious cobras Nag and Nagaina. These stories, a mixture of fantasy, myth, and magic, are underpinned by Kipling's abiding preoccupation with the theme of self-discovery, and the nature of the 'Law'.
Kim is set in an imperialistic world; a world, dominated by travel, trade and adventure, in which there is no question of the division between white and non-white. Two men - a boy who grows into early manhood and an old ascetic priest, the lama - are at the center of the novel. A celebration of their friendship in a beautiful but often hostile environment, 'Kim' captures the opulence of India's exotic landscape, overlaid by the uneasy presence of the British Raj.
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