Macmillan and Co, Ltd. London. 1910.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (8.1 x 5.6 inches). Illustrated with four full page mono plates by Frank Craig. Some spotting to the first and last few pages, mainly the blank endpapers, and with a small amount of bleed from the red cloth onto the top of both pastedown endpapers, but overall a very good copy. Publishers original burgundy cloth boards. Gilt lettering to the spine. Front board with raised circular Ganesha device in gilt. Top edge gilt. A bright copy. -------- Contains the Poem "If". Kipling's most enduring work of verse. A poll taken by the BBC in the UK in 2005 voted it as Britain's favourite Poem, polling twice as many votes as the number 2 choice, Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shallot. Originally written in 1895, IF was inspired by the actions of Dr. Leander Starr Jameson, a British Officer whose forces were defeated by the Boers in 1895, but who was portrayed as a victorious hero by the British press, the poem is a powerful masterclass in maintaining the British stiff upper lip. Richards A242.