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London: Methuen & Co, 1892. First English edition. Russet cloth, gilt title on spine and gilt vignette of bugler on lower rightcorner of front cover. Excellent condition. Large paper copy, 144 x 233mm, pp. [viii], ix-xx, 208. Title page in red and black with vignette of bugler between author and publisher. Laid paper. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Ex-lib bookplate on front pastedown of Kenneth H. M. Connal. Printed by Constable at the Edinburgh University Press A variant on Stewart 108, this large paper copy of the first edition differs from the Stewart description in several details: the page size, lack of adverts, and bugler vignette on front cover, and does not have the limitation note of the limited deluxe edition on the verso of title page as listed by Stewart
"Rudyard Kipling's two-part (1892, 1896) BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS is holding up as a good read more than a century after its 38 poems first appeared in book form. *** These are soldier stories, Tommy stories, British GI in India Thomas Adkins stories. The points of view expressed usually come from rankers and non-coms in barracks in cantonments, from little people who put in their six years soldiering abroad for Queen Victoria and then go home to England, Ireland, Wales or Scotland. ***A half dozen of the ballads are still recited or sung today. -- (1) "Tommy": "We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,/ But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you"; -- (2) "Gunga Din": "'E'll be squattin' on the coals/Givin' drink to poor damned souls,/An' I'll get a swig in hell from Gunga Din!"; -- (3) "The Widow at Windsor"; -- (4) "Mandalay": "Ship me somewheres east of Suez, where the best is like the worst,/Where there aren't no Ten Commandments an' a man can raise a thirst"; -- (5) "Gentlemen-Rankers": "We're poor little lambs who've lost our way,/Baa! Baa! Baa!/We're little black sheep who've gone astray,/ Baa--aa--aa!/Gentlemen-rankers out on the spree,/Damned from here to Eternity,/God ha' mercy on such as we,/Baa! Yah! Bah!"; -- (6) "Cholera Camp": "We've got to die somewhere -- some way -- some'ow --/We might as well begin to do it now!.; *** Other things being equal, buy a scholarly edition of BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS. You will profit from some historical context on the 19th Century British Raj in India, also from a glossary of Hindustani or Anglo-Indian phrases as mauled by common soldiers and from a map or two as well. But even as stand-alone verses, BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS is a strong keeper. -OOO- "
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