Allahabad: A. H. Wheeler & Co., 1891.
First (Indian) edition. 8vo. 4 leaves, 108p, 7 leaves of advertisements including "Opinions of the Press" (Both Livingston and Stewart list 5 leaves of ads). Original grey-green printed wrappers bound in; advertisements inside both covers. Bound by the Club Bindery in 1901 in full dark blue crushed morocco with marbled endpapers, a.e.g., the covers with panels formed of two sets of triple gilt rules with corner ornaments, the spine with gilt titles and densely gilt panels, fancy dentelles. Front flyleaf with two small chips, original wrappers with minor fading, binding fine. Item #18283
"Indian Railway Library, No. XIV" with imprint at bottom of p. 108: "Printed at the 'Pioneer' Press, Allahabad." Livingston calls this the second edition, after the suppressed edition of which only three copies were to be kept after the remainder were destroyed.
With a tipped-in SIGNATURE of Kipling.
From the library of Rudolph August Witthaus (1846-1915 American toxicologist) with his leather bookplate; from the library of Henry William Poor (1844-1915, American book collector whose collection was sold at The Anderson galleries in 1909, Part IV. lot 288) with his leather bookplate; from the library of Jean Hersholt (1866-1956 whose Hans Christian Anderson collection is housed at the Library of Congress) with his bookplate signed in ink.
Livingston 70; Stewart 93.