The Light That Failed

Kipling's first novel, in a half vellum binding by Alfonso Dori of Florence


Rudyard Kipling


Heinemann & Balestier, Leipzig, 1891
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Printing Details

First thus, small hardback, rebound in half-vellum by Alfonso Dori of Florence with his stamp to the ffep. Gilt motif to upper board, contrasting leather title label and gilt decoration to spine. All page edges dyed red. 16.5 × 11.5cm, 278pp.

Kipling's first novel, written when he was 26. It is set in London, Port Said and the Sudan and tt follows the life of Dick Heldar, an artist and painter who goes blind, and his unrequited love for his childhood playmate, Maisie. This edition has 15 chapters so is the more downbeat UK version rather than the 12 chapter US edition with a happy ending...


A very attractive copy. There is a little light marking and scuffing to the vellum but the gilt remains crisp. The pages are clean with just a little foxing to the endpapers, and the inner binding is secure.



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