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1905 Rudyard Kipling : They : First Edition : **A Very Good Copy** Illustrated

1905 Rudyard Kipling : They : First Edition : **A Very Good Copy** Illustrated

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THEY

By Rudyard Kipling

Illustrated by F H Townsend

Published by Macmillan and Co, London, 1905. First Separate Edition (having first appeared, unillustrated, in TRAFFICS AND DISCOVERIES the year before. Hardback, white cloth with gold titles, 8vo, 80 pages.  Beautifully illustrated with 15 Townsend colour plates all proitected with tissue guards.

CONDITION
A very good copy. The white cloth binding is remarkably clean for its age (see images). Front and rear blank endpapers are browned with age and the front has a neat name and date written on. All contents present and all pages in very good clean condition throughout. Overall a very good first edition.

This is an allegory of a limbo of lost children tended by a blind woman, children who are not yet ready for Heaven and come back for a space to inhabit earth ... The agony of the past, the yearning for Josephine [Kipling's daughter, who had died of pneumonia at the age of seven in 1899], the grief for all dead children are to be found in THEY
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