Departmental Ditties and Other Verses - Rudyard Kipling 1909 - Methuen and Co., London ‘We are very slightly changed
From the semi-apes that ranged
India’s prehistoric clay;
He that drew the longest bow
Ran his brother down, you know,
As we run men down today.’

A handsomely bound edition of Kipling’s first collection of verse, containing 49 poems, and with vignette illustration to title page.
  Provenance: Baronial bookplate of Tory MP Sir Gervase Beckett, who likely knew Kipling. Beckett served under the thrice Prime Minister of Great Britain Stanley Baldwin, who was a cousin and close confidant to the politically active Rudyard Kipling.

Crown octavo, pp. [2] xiii [3] 176 [2].
  Finely bound by Bumpus of Oxford Street, in an elegant Edwardian binding of half blue crushed oasis morocco, with gilt panelled spines, combed marbled sides and endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Near fine, light foxing.   Ref: 107137   Price: HK$ 2,000