New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1898. Original green cloth pictorially decorated in black.
First Edition of this collection of twelve tales, illustrated with eight plates -- preceding the London edition by a week. Included are "The Devil and the Deep Sea," "An Error in the Fourth Dimension" and "The Brushwood Boy." "This was the first of Kipling's books to appear under the imprint of Frank N. Doubleday ["Effendi"], who after eighteen years had left Scribner's... to set up business for himself" [Richards]. Kipling himself helped create the front cover design, featuring a Viking longship -- which design would still be adorning his first editions in the 1930s (unlike Kipling's London editions that included a swastika).
This copy is in very good-plus condition (endpapers cracked, some minor wear at the extremities). Richards A115; Stewart 179. This copy is signed by Kipling, in the manner he typically employed -- striking a line through his name on the title page, and signing immediately above. Item #14480