- New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2010.
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- Hardcover, dust jacket
- 504 pages, plus 446 on CD-ROM
- ISBN: 9781584562429
Price: $195.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 96675
This new bibliography of Rudyard Kipling, the first English-language author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, is the first to appear in fifty years and the first to incorporate modern standards of collation, binding cloth description, publication dates and prices, and dust jacket description. It fully describes 480 first editions, authorized and unauthorized, appearing as books, pamphlets, leaflets, and broadsides from 1881 through 2008 in British India, England, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Chile--a dozen of which titles were not noted by prior bibliographers. This work also includes 127 titles of books with contributions from Kipling, 17 titles containing prefaces, introductory letters and forewords by Kipling, and 123 titles first printing his private letters.
These primary entries, besides describing each edition by publication type, size, pagination formula, binding, binding texture, ISCC-NBS color system name, dust jacket, copyright data, and cross-references to prior bibliographies, also include information on institutional library locations, manuscripts, and significant first editions of the title in later publishers' series and in other countries. Also described are all important association and presentation copies of Kipling's earliest works, with full inscriptions and institutional collection locations. Other major sections describe collected and uniform sets, editions listed by prior bibliographers that are not first editions but are "collectible," and misattributions. Significant innovations in this bibliography include the first complete chronological list of all of Kipling's newspaper and periodical appearances, the first examination of all English and American auction sale catalogues with lots of his editions (significant copies are cross-referenced in the entry texts), and separate listings of unauthorized private editions and private editions as first editions, musical settings of the poems, plays based on Kipling's works, film treatments in motion pictures and for television, published drawings and caricatures, and Kipling's symbols: the swastika and the Ganesh. Further appendices include a chronology of the author's life and major works, and titles of biographical studies of Rudyard and his immediate family.
These contents are present in one substantial volume containing the primary entries, grayscale images of bindings and title pages, and indices. The second "volume," containing all the other classified sections, is included on the enclosed CD-ROM, along with color images of bindings and title pages.