Four Rudyard Kipling Novels Many Inventions, The Days Work (1st Edition), The Light that Failed, Plain Tales from the Hills

1st Edition

Hardcover. Condition: Good+/Very Good-. 1898. MacMillan & Co, London.

Novels are as follows with one 1st edition, and others reprint:

Many Inventions: (Third reprint) A collection of short stories and interspersed poems including: The Disturber of Traffic; A Conference of the Powers; My Lord the Elephant; One View of the Question; The Finest Story in the World; His Private Honor; A Matter of Fact; The Lost Legion; In the Rukh; Brugglesmith; Love-o-Women; The Record of Badalia Herodsfoot; Judson and the Empire; and The Children of the Zodiac. 

Blue cloth bound boards. Mild edge and shelf-wear, clean interior.

The Day's Work: (1st Edition) The Day's Work is a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling. It was first published in 1898. There are no poems included between the different stories in The Day's Work, as there are in many other of Kipling's collections.
The book contains 13 short stories, which were mainly written between 1893 and 1896 while Kipling was living in Vermont.

Blue cloth bound boards, some scuffing of back cover, spine tanned slightly. Interior clean and well bound

The Light That Failed: (Eighth reprinting) Kipling's 1st novel written at age 26. The story centres on Dick Heldar – a thinly-veiled Kipling self-portrait – and his relationship with, and unrequited love for, Maisie, his childhood playmate, who was based on the real-life artist Flo Garrard, of whom more later. As children they are both under the cruel and repressive care of Mrs Jennet, where, even as a child, Maisie treats Dick with indifference. Dick later becomes a successful artist through his war-time illustrations, for London newspapers, of the Sudan campaign. (This was mounted in 1885, to defeat the Mahdi and relieve General Gordon at Khartoum.) In the Sudan Dick meets Gilbert Torpenhow, the correspondent of the Central Southern Syndicate, who is instrumental in spreading Dick’s reputation. They pledge friendship and promise to keep in touch.

Blue cloth bound boards, light edge and shelfwear. Pages uncut. Clean interior.

Plain Tales From the Hills: (Third Edition) Kipling's first volume of prose fiction. Most of the stories it includes had already appeared in the Civil and Military Gazette they were written before he reached the age of 22; and they show a remarkably precocious literary talent. His vignettes of life in British India a hundred years ago give vivid insight into Anglo-India at work and play, into a barrack-room life, and into the character of Indians themselves.

Blue cloth bound boards. Spine slightly cocked, uncut pages. Mild shelf and edgewear. Clean interior.