"The Jungle Book", by Rudyard Kipling
Macmillan, London - First UK edition, 1896 reprint- 238p, 15cmx13cm - condition: very good, original blue boards, with Elephants on cover, Cobra on spine, some shelf wear at extremities. Overall, a highly collectible copy.
The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling. Most of the characters are animals such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear, though a principal character is the boy or "man-cub" Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. The stories are set in a forest in India; one place mentioned repeatedly is "Seonee" (Seoni), in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.
A major theme in the book is abandonment followed by fostering, as in the life of Mowgli, echoing Kipling's own childhood. The theme is echoed in the triumph of protagonists including Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and The White Seal over their enemies, as well as Mowgli's. Another important theme is of law and freedom; the stories are not about animal behaviour, still less about the Darwinian struggle for survival, but about human archetypes in animal form. They teach respect for authority, obedience, and knowing one's place in society with "the law of the jungle", but the stories also illustrate the freedom to move between different worlds, such as when Mowgli moves between the jungle and the village. Critics have also noted the essential wildness and lawless energies in the stories, reflecting the irresponsible side of human nature.
- Nombre de livres
- Littérature, Livres illustrés, Livres pour enfants
- Auteur/ Illustrateur
- Rudyard Kipling
- Titre du livre
- The Jungle Book
- Très bon état
- Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
- Langue originale
- Macmillan, London
- Couverture rigide