1901 first UK edition; Illustrated with photographs of clay reliefs by John Lockwood Kipling.
First edition, first printing hardback, bound in the original red cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt roundel to upper board. Top edge gilt. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 413pp + 2pp ads.
Kim is an orphan who earns his living begging on the streets of Lahore. One day he befriends an aged Tibetan Lama who, although content to live simply in India, is a rich and powerful abbot in his own country. When the Lama recruits Kim as a disciple and then funds his education at an English public school an adventure begins that will take the unlikely pair to the Himalayas on a thrilling journey of espionage and enlightenment.
A fair copy. The red cloth is rubbed and bumped to the edges and with a small amount of marking and scuffing to the boards. The hinges are cracked but secure, the inner binding a little pulled in places but again still secure. The pages have infrequent foxing, and a neat previous owners name to the ffep.
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