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Rewards and Fairies (First Colonial Library Edition in Original Printed Wrappers w Poem "IF --")
London: MacMillan & Co. Ltd, 1910. Paperback. Near Very Good. With Kipling's famous poem "IF --" on p. 175. First edition, first printing, first state (?). Printed green wraps, 8vo (7-3/16 inches [18.3 cm] tall), pp. xii, 338, four B&W plates, publishers six page catalogue (unpaginated) beginning verso upper cover and ending recto (inside) lower cover. The publisher's catalogue is dated "N. 10. 7. 10." (10 July 1910) at foot of lower cover and still discernible on this copy although partially rubbed due to a corner crease at ".10" . Volume is soiled and edge worn with tiny chips and light creases, p.o. name and date "Cutler Paige / Madras / 2/13/11" to half-title, original bookseller's sticker remnant "Higginbotham and Co. / Bangalore" at bottom corner of front cover, text lightly toned with fox-free plates. This copy appears to be an unrecorded and earlier state of the Colonial Library edition (Richards, 242) than previously seen. And, considering the evidence at hand may also predate the release of both the first UK and US editions. The volume is bound in green wrappers (instead of orange red wrappers), measures an 1/8 of an inch shorter than the Colonial Library edition described in Richards, A242 (p. 202), has a six page catalogue partially printed directly onto the inside of both covers (instead of an eight page insert), and shows an earlier publication date, by one month ("N. 10. 7. 10.") than the recorded ("CL. 10. 8. 10" [10 August 1910]") Colonial Library edition. In the six page publisher's catalogue, "Rewards and Fairies (No. 577) is the highest Kipling number shown and "Men, Women, and Ghosts" (No. 581) by Edith Wharton, is the highest number overall in the catalogue. "Men, Women, and Ghosts" was published in Oct. 1910 with the altered title of "Tales of Men and Ghosts" (Ref. Bruccoli v. 3 p. 344). The title change to Wharton's "Men, Women, and Ghosts" along with the July dated integral catalogue, point to this being an earlier state of the Colonial Library edition then heretofore known and perhaps, a publisher planned pre-Ocober publication date in the colonies for "Reward and Fairies". Ref. Richards, A242.
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