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CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS: A STORY OF THE GRAND BANKS
London and New York: Macmillan and Co, 1897. FIRST EDITION (following a few copies in wrappers issued prior to this to satisfy copyright requirements). This is a fine copy of one of the author's best known works, following the trials and adventures of the young Harvey Cheyne, the scion of a wealthy railroad tycoon who is rescued at sea by a group of fishermen. Although Kipling (1865-1936) is one of Britain's best known writers, and most famous for his works portraying the lives of both natives and colonialists on the Indian subcontinent, the present work is set in America and Newfoundland and undoubtedly based on the author's first hand observations (he and his wife lived for a time in Vermont before settling in England in 1896). Kipling was born in Bombay, where his father ran a school of art, and he lived in India until the age of six. He was sent to school in England, but chose to return to the East at 18. His father had become director of the Lahore Museum in what is now Pakistan, and Rudyard became a journalist for the "Lahore Civil and Military Gazette." His first two collections of stories, "Plain Tales from the Hills" and "Soldiers Three," depict the lives of the British military in India; he proved to be a prolific author, writing novels, tales for children and adults, and many poems. Among his many honors are a Nobel Prize (1907) and the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature (1926), which had previously only been awarded to Scott, Meredith, and Hardy. This is not an uncommon book, but it is insubstantially made and now usually found in disagreeable condition; the present copy is quite pleasing, and the price is meant to be attractive as well.. 190 x 122 mm. (7 1/2 x 4 3/4"). viii, 245 pp., [1] leaf (ads). FIRST EDITION (following a few copies in wrappers issued prior to this to satisfy copyright requirements). Publisher's blue cloth with gilt pictorial design on upper cover and on flat spine, all edges gilt. Frontispiece and 21 illustrations by I. W. Taber. Stewart 163. Spine very slightly cocked (as nearly always), isolated trivial foxing, but A FINE COPY, quite clean and fresh internally, and in an especially bright binding. This is a fine copy of one of the author's best known works, following the trials and adventures of the young Harvey Cheyne, the scion of a wealthy railroad tycoon who is rescued at sea by a group of fishermen. Although Kipling (1865-1936) is one of Britain's best known writers, and most famous for his works portraying the lives of both natives and colonialists on the Indian subcontinent, the present work is set in America and Newfoundland and undoubtedly based on the author's first hand observations (he and his wife lived for a time in Vermont before settling in England in 1896). Kipling was born in Bombay, where his father ran a school of art, and he lived in India until the age of six. He was sent to school in England, but chose to return to the East at 18. His father had become director of the Lahore Museum in what is now Pakistan, and Rudyard became a journalist for the "Lahore Civil and Military Gazette." His first two collections of stories, "Plain Tales from the Hills" and "Soldiers Three," depict the lives of the British military in India; he proved to be a prolific author, writing novels, tales for children and adults, and many poems. Among his many honors are a Nobel Prize (1907) and the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature (1926), which had previously only been awarded to Scott, Meredith, and Hardy. This is not an uncommon book, but it is insubstantially made and now usually found in disagreeable condition; the present copy is quite pleasing, and the price is meant to be attractive as well.
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