The Jungle Books Volumes 1 & 2

By: Kipling, Rudyard; Nelson Doubleday

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Book Condition: Very Good


Book club editions. 1 inch tear to jacket spine head of first volume, with minor biopredation causing a few tiny holes. 1948 Hard Cover. Two hardcover volumes. 8vo. vii, 253 pp.; 197 pp. Full-page watercolor illustrations by Aldren Watson. Inspiration for the Walt Disney film. The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling. The stories were first published in magazines in 1893–4. The original publications contained illustrations, some by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling. Kipling was born in India and spent the first six years of his childhood there. After about ten years in England, he went back to India and worked there for about six-and-half years. These stories were written when Kipling lived in Vermont. The tales in the book (and also those in The Second Jungle Book which followed in 1895, and which includes five further stories about Mowgli) are fables, using animals in an anthropomorphic manner to give moral lessons. The verses of The Law of the Jungle, for example, lay down rules for the safety of individuals, families and communities. Kipling put in them nearly everything he knew or heard or dreamed about the Indian jungle. Other readers have interpreted the work as allegories of the politics and society of the time. The best-known of them are the three stories revolving around the adventures of an abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The most famous of the other stories are probably Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the story of a heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale of a young elephant-handler. Kotick, The White Seal seeking for his people a haven where they would be safe from hunters, has been considered a metaphor for Zionism, then in its beginning. As with much of Kipling's work, each of the stories is preceded by a piece of verse, and succeeded by another. The title of each is given in italics in the list of stories below. The Jungle Book, because of its moral tone, came to be used as a motivational book by the Cub Scouts, a junior element of the Scouting movement. This use of the book's universe was approved by Kipling after a direct petition of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting movement, who had originally asked for the author's permission for the use of the Memory Game from Kim in his scheme to develop the morale and fitness of working-class youths in cities. Akela, the head wolf in The Jungle Book, has become a senior figure in the movement, the name being traditionally adopted by the leader of each Cub Scout pack. These stories do not represent wolf breeding biology correctly: in a real pack, only the alpha male (here Akela) and the alpha female would be able to breed.

Title: The Jungle Books Volumes 1 & 2

Author: Kipling, Rudyard; Nelson Doubleday

Illustrator: Watson, Aldren

Categories: Classics, Books to Film, Vintage, British & Irish,

Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC)

Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1948

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 2204572

Keywords: CLASSICS WORLD LITERATURE INDIA INDIAN ADVENTURE,