Lot 108: KIPLING, RUDYARD The White Man''s Burden. [Garden City:] The Doubleday and McClure Company, 1899. One of ten copies printed,...
January 11, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
The White Man's Burden. [Garden City:] The Doubleday and McClure Company, 1899. One of ten copies printed, with a note in the hand of Frank Nelson Doubleday stating the limitation of the book and reporting that "one of these were sent to Mr. Kipling." Finely bound in full tan morocco gilt by The French Binders, the covers tooled in gilt, the spine lettered in gilt and with raised bands, slipcased. 7 x 4 inches; with a folding facsimile of the manuscript of the poem bound in. Fine.
Kipling's controversial poem, The White Man's Burden, was meant as a warning against the rise of American imperialism in the wake of the Spanish American War. The poem was first published in a McClure's newspaper on 10 February 1899 and was immediately adopted by various group for political agendas. F.N. Doubleday's first publishing venture was the Doubleday & McClure Company, founded in 1897, and much of the early success of the company had to do with Kipling. According to F.N. Doubleday's note, this special volume was printed in in January 1899 while that relationship was still in its formative phase.
C The Nelson Doubleday, Jr. Collection
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