Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925. 1st Edition thus. 12mo, contemporary blue polished calf, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments, gilt morocco spine labels, boards double-ruled in gilt with animal head devices gilt-stamped to center, edges and dentelles gilt-tooled, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, tissue-guarded color frontispiece. Housed in a custom blue cloth slipcase.
First US single-volume edition of Kipling's classic collection of animal stories set in India (originally published in London, 1894-95), finely bound by English craft bookbinder Riviere & Son. "'Who is Nag?' said he. 'I am Nag. The great god Brahm put his mark upon all our people when the first cobra spread his hood to keep the sun off Brahm as he slept. Look, and be afraid!'" Born in Bombay, Kipling was a lifelong apologist and propagandist for English empire, but his prodigious, innovative output arguably affords significant and enduring insight into the colonial experience. In 1907 he became the first English-language writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Illustrated with a color frontispiece and numerous black-and-white engravings and vignettes by Kipling's father J. Lockwood Kipling, as well as the English children's book illustrator W. H. Drake. Binder's stamp to verso of front free endpaper. Spine lightly toned, else fine. Slipcase with early gift inscription. Item #429