First American Edition of" The Second Jungle Book" Signed and Inscribed By Kipling
KIPLING, Rudyard. Second Jungle Book. By Rudyard Kipling. Decorated by John Lockwood Kipling, C.I.E. New York: The Century Co. , 1895.
First American edition. Signed and inscribed by Kipling in black ink on the title page with a quote from the book. On the title page, Kipling has crossed out his printed name and signed it below. (The first American issue preceded the English edition by three days and has significant textual differences).

Inscription reads:

"Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many & mightly/ are they-/ But the head

& the hoof of the law and the haunch & the/ hump is-obey."

Inscription is from a quote from the poem Law of the Jungle, included on page 32.

Octavo. [x], 324 pp. Publisher's original terracotta cloth stamped in gilt and orange on covers and spine. Top edge gilt. With black and white illustrations by Kipling's father throughout. Minor touch-up to extremities. Spine bumped on top and bottom. Overall, a very good copy with a lovely inscription by the author.

Livingston. Martindell. Stewart.

HBS # 67702 $6,500