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KIM. by KIPLING. RUDYARD - First edition. - 1901 - from Paul Foster Books (SKU: 9302)


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Macmillan and co. Ltd. London. 1901. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (8.1 x 5.3 inches). Finely illustrated with ten mono plates by J. Lockwood Kipling. A very small amout of spoting to the fore edge but overall a clean and bright copy. Finely bound in recent full deep red morocco, spine with raised bands, gilt. Single gilt ruled border on boards. Top edge gilt. A light stain to the very top of some pages but overall this is a lovely copy in an attractive leather binding.


Rudyard Kipling’s Kim tells the story of Kimball “Kim” O'Hara, an imperial orphan scavenging a hand-to-mouth existence in British India during the late 1890s. The novel functions as a fictionalization of Kipling’s own Indian childhood, but it is also a strong example of the adventure stories that became especially popular in the heyday of the British Empire. Kim has been noted for its detailed portrait of the people, culture, and varied religions of India.  Kim was serialized in McClure's Magazine from December 1900 to October 1901 as well as in Cassell's Magazine from January to November 1901. It is ranked 34th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels and 78th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, the book was listed on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's "best-loved novel.”

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raised band(s)
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fore edge
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First Edition
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