Limits and Renewals
KIPLING, [Joseph] Rudyard (1865-1936)
Price: 27.50 GBP
London: Macmillan 1932, FIRST EDITION. Octavo., pp. 400. Publisher's red cloth in original dust wrapper. Book is near fine, jacket is very good with some chipping to spine ends (sunned to cloth beneath same), slight lean. Shows extremely well. Short stories including the supernatural tales 'Unprofessional', with its astrological theme, and 'Uncovenanted Mercies', which concerns guardian spirits and the afterlife. Also contains the very Indian story 'The Debt' which sees Kipling turn full circle; this is a tale of devotion to a King Emperor seen through the eys of a young Sahib, six year old William, son of the Doctor of the Gaol, who was told stories (like the young Kipling) by his 'ayah' and Indian servants, one of whom is a convict. The most famous piece in this collection is 'Dayspring Mishandled', acknowledged to be one of Kipling's finest tales. Stewart 588. Bleiler; The Guide to Supernatural Fiction , also Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature [p170]. Kipling; Something of Myself (p215), Wilson; The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling, Amis; Kipling and his World.