30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 Kipling was an English novelist, journalist, short story writer and poet.He was born in Bombay, the son of John Lockwood Kipling, professor of architectural sculpture in the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy School of Art in Bombay, and his wife, Alice one of the brilliant Macdonald Sisters.

Portrait by John Collier around 1890.


He was schooled in England as were so many of the children of the Raj.

He returned to India in 1882 as sub-editor of a newspaper and there he remained for six years.His first book was Departmental Ditties, was published in 1886 and was a success. He eventually outgrew India and in 1889 returned to England where he began a quarter-century of literary work of the highest originality and popularity, novels, poems, twelve volumes of stories, including  the Jungle Books and Puck of Pook’s Hill,  essays and sketches and much miscellaneous writing. Kipling’s fame grew and his sales were recorded in the millions.

In August 1891 Kipling set out on a voyage around the southern hemisphere, making his first visit to South Africa and his only visits to New Zealand and Australia. In December he left Lahore and never  returned to India.He arrived in London and married  Caroline Balestier on 18 January 1892. They were married for over forty years.

Considered by many as the voice of the Empire. He lived all over the world notably India,England,South Africa and USA,he  travelled to many other countries and mixed with the literary and artistic figures of the day.

The public adored his roughness and documentary style and his books have enjoyed numerous printings. his adventure stories  Captains Courageous, Kim, Puck of Pooks Hill, The ManWho Would Be King, Just So Stories and The Jungle Books remain firm favourites.The poem IF to this day is one of the most beloved poems of all time.

One of his favourite texts: ‘Praised be Allah for the diversity of his creatures.’ seems very apt for such a humane,diverse and talented writer.

He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. Baden Powell used The Jungle Book characters throughout the Scouting movement.He was Rector at St Andrews University between Sir James Barrie and the explorer Fridtjof Nansen,his achievments were many and varied.

His greatest sadness was the death of his daughter and later in World War I of his son John.He never forgave himself for obtaining a dispensation for Jack from his lifelong friend Lord Roberts  to fight despite his poor sight. He died at the Battle of Loos in September 1915, at age 18.

Kipling died on 18 January 1936 at the age of 70 and his ashes were buried in Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey next to the graves of Dickens & Hardy.

After the death of Kipling’s wife in 1939, Batemans in Burwash, East Sussex, his home from 1902 until 1936, was bequeathed to the National Trust.It is now a public museum dedicated to the author. His surviving daughter bequeathed the copyright of his works to The University of Sussex on her death.

Portrait by Eliot & Fry


One of the most commonly asked questions about Kipling editions is why he had the left facing swastika on his books. Kipling’s use of the swastika was based on the Indian sun symbol conferring good luck and the Sanskrit word meaning fortunate or well-being.With the rise of the Nazis the symbol was removed around 1930 from subsequent editions.

We have a lot of Kipling in stock and in storage. If there is anything you are after please ask.This is just a sample we will be adding to it shortly.


24480 KIPLING , Rudyard :
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS.A Story of The Grand Banks.
Illustrated by I.W.Taber.
Folio Society,London,1995

First Impression thus. .8vo.Blue cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine .Fine copy in Fine black papered slipcase       $35.00 AUD

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Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling


24485 KIPLING , Rudyard :
Illustrated by Maurice & Edward Detmold.
Folio Society,London,1994. Two volumes .8vo. Pictorial Jungle Book bound in green pictorial cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine The Second Jungle Book bound in tan pictorial cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine Both fine in fine slipcases       SOLD



24478 KIPLING , Rudyard :
Illustrated by the author.
Folio Society,London,1996 .8vo.Olive cloth with gilt title and black design on upper board and spine .Fine copy in Fine brown slipcase       $35.00 AUD

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Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.




24482 KIPLING , Rudyard :
Illustrated by Auguste Leroux
Folio Society,London,1995 First Impression .8vo.Pictorial tan cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine .Fine copy in Fine in brown papered slipcase







24484 KIPLING , Rudyard :
Illustrated by W.Heath Robinson.
Folio Society,London,1995 .8vo.Pictorial green cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine .Fine copy in Fine in dark greeen papered slipcase       SOLD



24481 KIPLING , Rudyard :

Illustrated by H.R.Millar.
Folio Society,London,1995 First Impression thus. .8vo.Pictorial orage cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine .Fine copy in Fine in maroon papered slipcase       $35.00 AUD

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Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling


24477 KIPLING , Rudyard :
Illustrated by Charles Brock.
Folio Society,London,1996 First Impression thus, pp.256 .8vo.Blue cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine.Fine Copy in Fine Blue slipcase.       $35.00 AUD

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Rewards & Fairies by Rudyard Kipling



24483 KIPLING , Rudyard :
Illustrated by Ian Ribbons.
Folio Society,London,1996 .8vo.Pictorial tan cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine .Fine copy in Fine in orange papered slipcase
Contains the classic The Man Who Would Be King.       $35.00 AUD

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Short Stories by Rudyard Kipling



24479 KIPLING , Rudyard :
Illustrated by David Eccles
Folio Society,London,1996 First Eccles illustrated edition cloth with gilt title on upper board and spine .Fine copy in Fine red slipcase       $35.00 AUD

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Stalky & Co by Rudyard Kipling

19110 KIPLING , Rudyard:
‘O BELOVED KIDS’ Rudyard Kipling’s Letters to His Children.
Edited by Elliot L. Gilbert.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London,1983.

4to.pp.x+225.Illustrated.Prize label on endpaper. Very Good hardcover in Very Good dust jacket.

Kipling wrote a series of letters to his children John and Elsie They are delightful and include improptu illustrations.The developing relationship between father and son from small child to a later,more hesitant correspondence to a young soldier is particularly moving.John was to be killed in 1915 a few weeks after his eighteenth birthday.

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‘O Beloved Kids ‘Rudyard Kipling’s Letters to his Children.

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24649 KIPLING, Rudyard:

The Works of Rudyard Kipling; The Writings In Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling 26 Volume Set

Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1920

Original owners bookplate, 8vo. illustrated throughout. The spines are faded and the final volumes are a slightly different colour.uncut Internally in very good order,externally a bit used.gilt decoration to the spine, with Elephants head on upper board.

$500 AUD

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The Works of Rudyard Kipling; The Writings In Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling 26 Volume Set

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