First edition in book form, first printing of both volumes. With the tipped in signature of Rudyard Kipling. Bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full navy blue morocco illustrated and ruled in gilt to the upper and lower boards; five raised bands, gilt ruled and illustrated compartments, titles in gilt to the spines. Gilt decorated board edges, inner dentelles triple ruled in gilt. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Publisher's original cloth bound in at the rear of each volume. 'The Jungle Book' with an engraved frontispiece by William Henry Drake (complete with tissue guard as issued) and many illustrations throughout the text by the author's father John Lockwood Kipling, William Henry Drake and Paul Frenzeny. 'The Second Jungle Book' with numerous illustrations throughout the text by John Lockwood Kipling and a single page of publisher's adverts at the rear, as issued. A fine set, the bindings square and tight, without fading or wear. The contents are clean and bright throughout, without foxing or previous owner's inscriptions. Both volumes are housed in a blue cloth, ribbon pull slipcase.
Tipped in at the front free endpaper of The Jungle Book is a slip of paper signed in black ink by the Nobel Prize winning author, Rudyard Kipling. A beautifully presented, appealing set of this classic of nineteenth-century children's literature, charting the adventures of the "man-cub" Mowgli and his jungle-dwelling friends.
Stock code: 23763