EXCEPTIONAL DELUXE BINDING
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works of Rudyard Kipling. Twenty-seven volumes expanded to fifty-one. 8vo., 237 x 152 mm, bound in full deluxe red morocco, elaborate gilt borders, spines elaborately gilt, silk moire endleaves, turn-ins inlaid with blue morocco, gilt extra with wide dentelles composed of small ornamental tools and large flowers, t.e.g. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1914-1920.
The Seven Seas Edition, one of 1050 sets printed, signed by the author. An extremely fine copy in a full red morocco binding of the absolute highest quality. Leather bound sets of this quality are very rarely seen on the market.
The Seven Seas Edition is one of the most respected and sought-after collected works of Kipling ever printed. It includes: Wee Willie Winkie, The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Stories, Captains Courageous, The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book, Puck of Pook's Hill, Plain Tales from the Hills, Life's Handicap, The Day's Work, Stalky & Co., Kim, Just So Stories, and much more. Ordinary copies were issued in cloth in twenty-seven volumes. This copy has been exquisitely bound and expanded to fifty-one volumes.
PROVENANCE: John Francis Neylan, with his bookplate designed by William H. Wilke and printed by John Henry Nash, the famous California printer. Neylan (1885-1960) was a noted San Francisco lawyer who was chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of California. Additionally he was William Randolph Hearst's chief attorney with close ties to the Hearst newspapers, and thus had enormous political clout and considerable wealth.
Stewart, Kipling, pp. 573-574.
Item nr. 117290