Kim

by Kipling, Rudyard

Rudyard Kipling’s Kim tells the story of Kimball “Kim” O'Hara, an imperial orphan scavenging a hand-to-mouth existence in British India during the late 1890s. The novel functions as a fictionalization of Kipling’s own Indian childhood, but it is also a strong example of the adventure stories that became especially popular in the heyday of the British Empire. Kim has been noted for its detailed portrait of the people, culture, and varied religions of India.

 Kim was serialized in McClure's Magazine from December 1900 to October 1901 as well as in Cassell's Magazine from January to November 1901. It is ranked 34th on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best novels and 78th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, the book was listed on the BBC's The Big Read poll of the UK's "best-loved novel.”

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Doubleday, Page & Company of New York and Macmillan of London both published Rudyard Kipling’s Kim in October 1901, but the US edition was copyrighted two weeks earlier than the UK edition. Doubleday, Page & Company’s 460-page edition is bound in green ribbed cloth and has 10 illustrations. This first edition has sold for up to $500. Macmillan’s edition is bound in red cloth and has illustrations by HR Millar. Interestingly, this edition has sold for upwards of $25,000 (more than 50-times the value Doubleday, Page & Company’s).

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

In 2002, W. W. Norton & Company published a noted critical edition of Kim, which includes extensive notes, essays, maps and references.

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Traduction de Louis Fabulet & Ch. Fountaine-Walker. Illustrations de Ch. Fouqueray. Troisième édition. 279 pp. 28x23 pp. Librairie Delagrave, Paris, s.d. (c.1930) --- Half-leather and marbled boards. Gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Wear to the edges and corners of the covers (see photo). Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. A dedication written on first blank page. All other pages are… Read more about this item
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Macmillan and co. Ltd. London. 1901. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (8.1 x 5.3 inches). Finely illustrated with ten mono plates by J. Lockwood Kipling. A very small amout of spoting to the fore edge but overall a clean and bright copy. Finely bound in recent full deep red morocco, spine with raised bands, gilt. Single gilt ruled border on boards.… Read more about this item
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London: MacMillan and Co. Limited 1901. 8vo. First Edition. [vi.], 413, [2] pp. Original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and elephant medallion on the front board, top edge gilt. Illustrated by black and white photographic plates. Spine ends and corners worn, and boards a little marked. Fading owner's name on half title, dated 1901. Endpapers foxed, and some… Read more about this item
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New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1901. First American edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. 8vo. [6], 460, [4] pp. Green cloth stamped in black and lettered in gold on the front board and spine; top edge gilt. Illustrated by a frontispiece and nine additional plates. A contemporary owner's name on the free front endpaper. Livingston 248. A nice example… Read more about this item
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London: Macmillan And Co., 1901. First edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Fair. 8" by 5.5". Not Stated. A first edition of Kipling's classic novel. Most renowned for 'The Jungle Book', 'Kim' and 'Just so Stories', Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is seen as a pioneer for the short story form and a classic author of children's fiction. He was born in India,… Read more about this item
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New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1901. Kim unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. The novel made the term "Great Game" popular and introduced the theme of great power rivalry and intrigue. It is set after the Second Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the… Read more about this item
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Published by Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1901. 1st edition.. Hardback. Very Good/Good. Very good condition in an almost very good dustwrapper. Red cloth covers. Gilt title to spine and gilt elephant head vignette to front cover. 413 pages, top edge gilt. B/w photo plates. 8 x 5.25 inches. Spine and corners bumped. A couple of very small marks… Read more about this item
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1901. [in 1901 dust jacket] London: Macmillan and Co., 1901. 2 pp undated ads. Original red cloth with Ganesha device in gilt, with dust jacket. First English Edition of the book that "is acknowledged as Kipling's masterpiece in fiction... The novel is the finest written about the India of the British Empire" [CGEL]. It follows the adventures of… Read more about this item
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NY: The Limited Editions Club. Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1962. Limited Edition. First Printing. Hard Cover. Limited edition (No. 85 of 1500 copies). Signed by the illustrator on the Limitation Page. Quarter bound in publisher's brown leather over gilt embossed khaki boards, gilt lettering and decoration on spine, gilt mystic maze decoration… Read more about this item
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New York: The Limited Editions Club. Near Fine. 1962. Limited Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. #1429 of 1500 copies. Signed and illustrated by Robin Jacques with black and white drawings and hand-colored by Walter Fischer. NF book, small smudge on the bottom edge, but no other defects. Internally clean, but missing the original slipcase. Book design by Ruari… Read more about this item
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New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1901. First edition with the chapter-heading rhymes for only chapters VII and VIII as called of what many consider Kipling's masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth, embossed black and gilt to the front panel, gilt titles to the spine, illustrated. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional example. Kim unfolds… Read more about this item
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Kim is a half caste white boy in the Punjab whose Indian mother dies when he is very young and then his father, a former soldier of an Irish Regiment, dies from taking opium, Kim has to fend for himself and avoid being caught by missionaries and charitable societies. 413 pages with 10 illustrations. Book in good+ condition and would… Read more about this item
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London: Macmillan, 1901. First. hardcover. fine. Illustrated. 8vo, beautifully bound in dark red crushed morocco, with dentelles, raised bands & elephant head designs; all edges gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere. London: Macmillan, 1901. First Edition.<br/> <br/>
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London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1901. Kim unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. The novel made the term "Great Game" popular and introduced the theme of great power rivalry and intrigue. It is set after the Second Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the Third,… Read more about this item
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New York: Limited Editions Club, 1962. Hardcover Quarto in slipcase. Hardcover. Very good. Jacques, Robin. orange slipcase, red leather to spine, green cloth to cover, gilt design to cover and lettering to spine, 283 pp, 169/1500, signed by illustrator on back end paper Standard shipping (no tracking) / Priority (with tracking) / Custom quote for large or… Read more about this item
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Macmillan and Co. 1930. Sm. 8vo. Bound in original bright blue cloth with elaborate gold decor. on spine (medallion with head of elephant in gold on fr. cover). In very good near fine condition. Gilt & cloth nice & bright. Endpapers have a coupe of faint light brown marks in corners, with small name inscription on front endpaper. Otherwise… Read more about this item
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No Dust Jacket Book: Heavy wear on front board/spine (photo). The spine was compromised, then repaired by a professional mender. The book is now sturdy enough for the owner to use with confidence. Moderate uniform toning on pages and edges, consistent with a book of this vintage. The pages are deckled (photo). All pages and illustrations are present with no marks… Read more about this item
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London: Macmillan & CO, Limited, 1901. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Octavo. 20th-century red calf by Bayntun, Bath, five raised bands to spine, titles to blue and green spine labels, gilt tooling in compartments, covers bordered with a double gilt fillet, elaborate decoration to board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, edges gilt. Frontispiece and nine more illustrations in b/w printed… Read more about this item
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London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1901. Kim unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. The novel made the term "Great Game" popular and introduced the theme of great power rivalry and intrigue. It is set after the Second Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the Third,… Read more about this item
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This is a very nice copy of Kim, the classic tale by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1901. It is set in the imperialistic world; a masculine world dominated by travel, trade and adventure, and strict divisions between white and non-white. It is about the relationship between Kim, a white man born in India, and an old ascetic priest, a… Read more about this item
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