The Five Nations - Rudyard Kipling 1903 - Methuen and Co., London - First Edition A fine first edition, uncut and unopened, housed in bespoke sheepskin lined leather slipcase. Also included is the publisher’s loose four page catalogue and order form, announcing the publication of ‘Mr. Kipling’s new book of verse’ - ‘The Five Nations’.

The ‘
Five Nations’ which Kipling here celebrates were Great Britain and its colonies Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Cape Colony in South Africa.

Consisting of 54 poems, 28 of which are had not been published before in any form, eight had not been published in book form, and three were expanded from chapter headings in Kipling’s wonderful ‘
  Published September 1903 at 6s.

First edition with the 38 page publisher’s catalogue dated July 1903, and the error on page 56 line 9 ‘’David went to look for donkeys,’ which was corrected in the to ‘’Saul he went...’ in the second edition of December 1903. With ‘Printed by T. and A. Constable, Printers to His Majesty, at the Edinburgh University Press’ to the bottom of page 215.

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, A190. Martindell, Bibliography of Rudyard Kipling, 102. Livingston, Works of Rudyard Kipling, 279. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 276. Grolier, Catalogue of the works of Rudyard Kipling, 346. Ballard, My Kipling Collection CXXXVI(B).

Octavo (book size 19.6 x 12.8 cm), pp. xiii [3] 215 [1] 38 (publisher’s catalogue dated July 1903) [2]. Publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt.
  Condition: Fine, in very goo dslipcase with rubbing to spine and edges.   Ref: 109459   Price: HK$ 2,500