The Seven Seas - Rudyard Kipling 1905 - D. Appleton and Company, New York - Early Edition ‘There’s a Legion that never was ‘listed, that carries no colours or crest. But, split in a thousand detachments, is breaking the road for the rest. Our fathers they left us their blessing - they’ve taught us, and groomed us, and crammed; but we’ve shaken the clubs and the messes to go and find out and be damned.’

A beautifully bound collection of 44 poems, the pages decorated in an art-nouveau style, and with eight full page illustrations of marine life and history. A mixture of beloved and controversial poems,
The Seven Seas involves themes such as colonialism, war, and childhood, and provide a fascinating glimpse into the final years of the British empire through the eyes of one of its staunchest advocators. Written shortly after ‘The Jungle Book’, the title is dedicated to the city of Bombay.
  ‘The Seven Seas' is the most remarkable book of verse that Mr. Kipling has given us. Here the human sympathy is broader and deeper, the patriotism heartier and fuller, the intellectual and spiritual insight keener, the command of the literary vehicle more complete and sure, than in any previous verse-work by the author. The volume pulses with power—power often rough and reckless in expression, but invariably conveying the effect intended. There is scarcely a line which does not testify to the strong individuality of the writer.’

References: Richards,
Rudyard Kipling A Bibliography, A92. London Globe [web].

Provenance: Contemporary gift inscription of a William O. Edgar dated September 2, 1908.

Octavo (22 x 14.5 cm). pp. [4] v-xii 209 [7].
  In a contemporary binding by Erbe, Crombie, and Lamothe of three quarter brown morocco over green cloth, spine in six compartments with gilt floral decoration with red morocco onlays, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Fine in near fine binding with very light toning to spine.   Ref: 108754   Price: HK$ 1,800