With The Night Mail [in the RARE DUST JACKET]

With The Night Mail [in the RARE DUST JACKET]

Kipling, Rudyard

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Place Published: New York
Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Company
Date Published: 1909
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Near fine
Book Id: 686

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TEMPORARILY DISCOUNTED. WAS $7,500. A Very Good + to Near Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, of the first separate publication in book form, in the Publisher's original boards with the spine and front board lettered and decorated in gilt, the front board richly so with a beautiful depiction of a dirigible surrounded by stars with only minor to modest rubbing -- considerably less rubbing than we usually see on this notable Kipling work -- and with unusually bright gilt to the spine, some minor surface rubbing to the spine ends, and with a stray spot and a couple of tiny indents to the front board, rear hinge cracked but holding well. The endpapers are richly illustrated and it appears that a second rear illustrated pastedown has been overlaid on the first one -- with the age and bookseller's sticker having the price of $1.75 showing that such work may have been done contemporaneously with the book's production or soon thereafter -- such sticker being that of Books Inc., the American West's oldest independent book store which traces its history back to the Gold Rush days of 1851 and which took the name "Books Inc." in 1946. While there is some toning to page 21 and to the blank, unnumbered, page facing it from something previously loosely inserted, the leaves are unusually bright and show only a few short closed marginal tears not affecting the text. Most important, this copy wears a Very Good + or better example of the RARE DUST JACKET, such dust jacket showing only modest toning, and surprising minor to modest wear and tear, as well as a few tape repairs to the verso. Rudyard Kipling's greatest and most precise foray into the realm of Science Fiction, the tale first appeared the November 1905 issue of McClure's Magazine (an American publication) and thereafter in the December 1905 issue of The Windsor Magazine (a UK publication). The story (modified somewhat from the magazine text) first appeared in book form in the volume described herein which was published on March 25, 1909, which publication was the first appearance of the story in book form. Thereafter, it was published -- along with other Kipling Stories and Poems, in "Actions and Reactions", a volume first published on October 5, 1909 in both the UK and America (with slight textual differences between the English and American editions in nearly every story and in two of the Poems). Set in the year 2000, the tale tells of a dirigible voyage aboard 'Postal Packet 162', carrying mail from London to Quebec, traveling across the airwaves. The narrator describes in great detail the technical aspect of the journey, the crew's expertise and the radio communications they use, as well as the beacons which guide the airship traffic. The great American Science Fiction Poul Anderson said of Kipling: "He is for everyone who responds to vividness, word magic, sheer storytelling. Most readers go on to discover the subtleties and profundities." Anderson also noted that "[Kipling's] influence pervades modern science fiction and fantasy writing", and John W. Campbell considered Rudyard Kipling to be the first modern science fiction writer, being the first to go beyond simply providing the reader with the essential background information needed to read his story [referring foremost to "With the Night Mail"]. Notably, the American edition, the first appearance of the tale in book form, for which the text was slightly revised from that provided in the magazine publications of the tale, contains a supplement not contained in the magazine versions of further feature articles from the bulletin of the "Aerial Board of Control" in the year 2000 with a schedule of flights, list of casualties, book review, correspondence, and advertisements for dirigible equipment and services referred to in the book's title as "extracts from the contemporary magazine in which it appeared". The temporal setting differs between the magazines and between those magazines and the book. In McClure's, it is June 2025 A.D., in the Windsor magazine it is October A. D. 2147, and the book proclaims it to be "A Story of 2000 A. D." The story itself, and almost all of the other components of the book, appear only on the leaf rectos, and the tale includes a tissue-guarded frontispiece and three additional illustrations. Rudyard Kipling won the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author", making him both the first author writing in English, and the youngest writer ever, to win the Prize. [The average age when awarded is 65 for all the Literature Laureates between 1901 and 2016. Kipling was only 41 when he was awarded the Prize, and also had been nominated for the Prize in 1903, 1904, and 1905.] A REMARKABLE COPY OF THE TRUE FIRST APPEARANCE IN BOOK FORM OF THIS NOTABLE KIPLING SCIENCE FICTION TALE, IN THE EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE, PERHAPS RARE, DUST JACKET.


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