1888 Plain Tales from the Hills
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First Edition, Publishers' Original Binding
The letter from Kipling notes that he finds the average autograph hunter an unmitigated nuisance but 'I am always glad to write to an ex-soldier'. He also discusses soldier correspondents that he has himself, before speaking about cheap editions of his own work. Kipling states 'so long as people will buy six-shilling books I shall hold on before offering them cheaper ones but there will be a cheap edition one of these days'. The first edition of this work, with 192 on the inside edge of page 192. Publisher's adverts to the rear are dated December 1887. In the publisher's original binding with illustrated boards. 'Plain Tales from the Hills' was Kipling's first collection of short stories. They were initially published in the 'Civil and Military Gazette' in British India between 1886 and 1887.
In the publisher's original binding. Externally, generally smart. Light rubbing to the head and tail of spine and to the joints. Spine has faded. A few light marks to boards. Letter is tipped in to the start of the work. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with occasional scattered spots to pages.
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