First edition of this epic novel of the colonial Great Game, one of Kipling's most beloved works.
Very good plus.
"He crossed his hands on his lap and smiled, as a man may who has won Salvation for himself and his beloved."
The Central Asian conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire serve as the backdrop for this epic picaresque, following the life of the orphaned white British boy KIM's adventures in colonial India. Rudyard Kipling's own time in India deeply informed the themes of KIM, exploring issues of cultural assimilation and spirituality while remaining accessible to younger readers.
Critical readings of KIM contextualize it within the larger ecology of British colonialist writing of the early 20th century: the novel demonstrates "one of the key methods by which Western superiority over the Orient was asserted and maintained... [it] is represented as something which can be collected and catalogued, almost as if it were a British possession" (Scott, 178-9). The US edition technically precedes this by a couple of weeks for the purpose of securing copyright. An important work of literature and of the history of Western colonialism.
Read more: Richards, Rudyard Kipling: A Bibliography, A174. Nick Scott, "The Representation of the Orient in Rudyard Kipling's KIM," Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik vol. 39 no. 2; "Kim, by Rudyard Kipling: A Review," December 1901 issue of the Atlantic.
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1901. 8'' x 5''. Original red cloth binding with gilt roundel to front board and gilt lettering to spine. Top edge gilt. Black-and-white frontispiece with tissue guard, nine black-and-white plates. 414 pages with  pages of ads to rear. Ownership inscription of George Fitzgerald dated "Xmas 1901" to second blank. Mild rubbing to edges of spine, light bumping to spine ends. Tiny closed tear to gutter of front flyleaf. Clean and bright.
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