The Works of Rudyard Kipling - Signed - Rudyard Kipling 1914-1926 - Doubleday, Garden City - Seven Seas Edition. Number 487 of 1050 limited copies. (The counterpart to the London Bombay Edition) A handsomely bound complete set of Kipling’s works in twenty-seven volumes, the de luxe issue limited to 1,050 sets, the first volume, Plain Tales from the Hills, is signed by Kipling.

Printed at the Country Life Press, Gardem City, Long Island from Florentine Press type on special hand-made paper with watermark bearing “R [Ganesha device with lotus and swastika] K” on each second leaf.

Including such titles as
Soldiers Three, Kim, The Jungle Book, Captains Courageous, Stalky & Co., Just So Stories, The Five Nations, Plain Tales from the Hills and the Seven Seas
  The Seven Seas Edition generally follows the text of The Bombay Edition; each story bears the date of its first publication, and the contents were re-edited and rearranged by the author “in the sequence in which he wishes it to remain, including new matter now for the first time collected in book form” (according to the publisher’s advertisement).

Kipling consulted with publisher Frank N. Doubleday on the paper, the “Scotch-face” type, the colour of the initial letters, the shade of the binding, and the swastika imprint. Printer and designer Walter Gillis acted as adviser on the typography.

The price was $138 a set, and could be paid for at $6 a month with delivery of each volume. The set had no illustrations, the publisher explained to one subscriber, because the author did not want an illustrator putting his own interpretation upon the stories.’ [Richards D15]
. In fact this is not quite correct as Just So Stories retains the illustrations, which were the only illustrations by Kipling himself, and as such did not contradict the publisher’s aforementioned explanation.

Plain Tales from the Hills 1914 - Signed
Soldiers Three and other Stories 1913
III Wee WIllie Winkie and other Stories 1913
From Sea to Sea and other Sketches. Volume 1. 1913
From Sea To Sea. Volume 2. 1913
Life’s Handicap 1914
The Light That Faded 1914
Naulahka 1914
Many Inventions 1914
Captains Courageous 1914
The Jungle Book 1914
The Second Jungle Book 1914
The Day’s Work 1914
Stalky & Co. 1914
Kim 1914
Just So Stories 1914
Traffics and Discoveries 1914
Puck of Pook’s Hill 1915
Rewards and Fairies 1915
Actions & Reactions 1915
Departmental Ditties and Barrack Room Ballads 1915
The Five Nations and the Seven Seas Etc. 1915
Songs From Books 1915
A Diversity of Creatures 1917
The Years Between and Parodies 1919
Letters of Travel 1920
Debits and Credits 1926

References: Livingston,
Works of Rudyard Kipling, 456. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Biographical Catalogue, 573.

With titles issued monthly, signed by Kipling in its first volume on sheets mailed to him in England and printed from a new ‘Kipling face’ of type on rag paper, issued by Doubleday as the American counter-part of
The Bombay Edition, considered the definitive edition.

Twenty seven octavo volumes (binding size 24.5x17.5cm).
  Finely bound in three-quarter navy blue morocco over matching cloth, spines with raised bands, lettered and intricately decorated in gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Fine in fine bindings with the exception of some light rubbing to one or two edges and raised bands, and slight hint of sunning to spines.   Ref: 110678   Price: HK$ 45,000