Kim - Rudyard Kipling 1901 - Macmillan & Co., London - First English Edition (preceded by the American edition by 16 days) He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher – the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore museum. Who hold Zam-Zammah, that 'fire-breathing dragon', hold the Punjab; for the great green-bronze piece is always first of the conqueror's loot.

A bright copy of Kipling’s legendary Indian spy novel, set amongst the background of the Great Game, and one of the author’s most enduring thrillers. Considered to be Kipling’s greatest work, and the finest novel about the India of the British Empire.

Though he was burned black as any native; though he spoke the vernacular by preference, and his mother-tongue in a clipped uncertain sing-song; though he consorted on terms of perfect equality with the small boys of the bazar; Kim was white – a poor white of the very poorest.’

Illustrated with 10 plates from photographs of bas-reliefs by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling. The basis for the classic 1950 movie starring Errol Flynn and Dean Stockwell. This is the book for boys.
  First Published 17 October 1901, at 6s; 35,000 copies printed.

References: Richards A174. Martindell 96. Livingston 250. Stewart 254. Grolier 335. Ballard CCXXII(C).
(19.7 x 12.5 cm) pp. [8] 413 [1] [2 advertisements]. Publisher’s red cloth, stamped and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt.
  Condition: Near fine, booksellers blind embossed stamp to front endpaper, foxing to frontis tissue guard.   Ref: 107194   Price: HK$ 2,800