Illustrated by the Author. London: Macmillan and Co., 1902. Original red cloth pictorially decorated in black and white.
First Edition of Kipling's famous collection of twelve tales (with poems), such as "How the Camel got his Hump," "How the Leopard got his Spots" and "How the Alphabet was Made." Kipling himself did the 22 full-page illustrations.
As Stewart points out, the covers of the earliest copies bound were decorated with a white pigment that readily flaked off; subsequent copies bound used a new ink that adhered properly. This is therefore one of the few instances in which collectors do not prefer the earliest state -- as such copies are identifiable only by the loss of much of the pictorial cover design. In any event, on this copy the white pigment has adhered properly over the years.
This is a handsome copy, fine except for a little fading of the spine and adjacent inch of the rear cover, and a touch of foxing on the endpapers only. Richards A181; Stewart 260. Item #12011