[Garden City]: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1941. Twenty-eight volumes. Large octavos. Deep red buckram, gilt extra, t.e.g., fore-edges rough-trimmed. Portrait of the author in first volume. An unusually fine set, in the bright and fresh printed dust jackets, a few of which exhibit minor nicks or small, creased tears, that for VIII faint rubbing to the spine panel, that for XVI a small chip at the corner of the crown of the spine, and that for volume XIX a 5cm lightly creased tear from the toe of the upper with spine fold with darkening from an old external mend. Item #WRCLIT87957
The "Burwash Edition," being the US counterpart to the British posthumously published "Sussex Edition" (1937-9), including Kipling's final textual revisions as well as work then hitherto uncollected. This is set #512 of 1010 numbered sets (ten for presentation) signed on a colophon in the first volume. The edition had been planned in 1929, under the contractual title, the "Garden City Edition," and Kipling signed and numbered the sheets prior to his death in 1936. Laid in the first volume is an envelope (postmarked Chicago June 23rd 1942) from the Library Development Division of Houghton Mifflin addressed to the first owner including documents recording her original order as well as the terms under which it was financed - publication price $252, with a down payment of $24 and monthly payments of $19 until the purchase price was paid in full. Uncommon in dust jackets. RICHARDS D25. STEWART, pp. 580-2.