c.1890 Wee Willie Winkie, Kipling 1st UK Sampson Low

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Written by  Rudyard Kipling 

Published by A.H. Wheeler Indian Railway Library, Allahabad; Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, London, 1888.



An incredibly preserved and very rare copy, of the  Indian Railway Library paperback, with original illustrated grey-green paper covers. 1st UK edition printed in 1888, by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, London.

H. Wheeler & Co's Indian Railway Library Series No. 6, is a 96 page booklet containing the stories of  Wee Willie Winkie, BAA, BAA Black Sheep, His Majesty the King, and The Drums of the Fore and Aft

Printed with "H" unpunctuated in A.H Wheeler on the front cover. Same collation as the 3rd printing of the 1st Indian Railway Allahabad edition. Title page printed with the word "child" omitted. This is 1 of 10,000 printed copies issued. (3000 were the 3rd Indian Railway Allahabad edition, and 7,000 had the covers re-engraved and were published as the 1st English edition);

Front cover without "Mufid I Am Press, Lahore," and with re-engraved front-cover of a small boy confronting bemused onlookers. Reverse cover shows a detailed engraving of two Englishmen, one of them blowing a fife.


Very good condition; a few small chips, closed tears, and light wear to wrappers; 0.5 inch closed tear of front edge; small chip of bottom front corner, and very small chip of top front and bottom back corners; small 2 inch tear of front seam, covers otherwise securely attached to paper spine; text complete and intact, overall in excellent condition, unmarked, no stains or rips and unfoxed, with a wrinkled crease of p.71-72 (as pictured). 

BOOK MEASUREMENTS: 21.2 cm X 13.8 cm

Total Length: (2 pages of advertisements), 96 pages