The Seven Seas by Kipling 1st Edition

The Seven Seas by Kipling 1st Edition.

PRESENTING AN EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION hardback copy of The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling from 1897.

This RARE book is in Fair to Good condition for its age ….. some very minor ‘knicks’ on the edges of the hardcover and spine. No dust jacket. The Art Nouveau designed Olive Green cloth cover and gilt work, is still ‘pretty good’ for it’s age. The spine is slightly loose and it has some discoloration through age.

The book is a FIRST EDITION ….. stating that it was published in 1897…….BUT what makes this copy even RARER is the fact that it also has the copyright date 1896.¬†

From our research the First Edition was first printed from circa Sept/October 1896….so this printing ‘spilled over’ into 1897.

The olive green and gilt version of this First Edition is the MOST SOUGHT AFTER!!

AS AN ADDED BONUS…..the Book comes with an additional signature on the inside of the front cover (1st Page) namely the signature of the book’s original owner, Lida Calvert Obenchain and dated September 10th 1897. Lida was HERSELF a famous Author at that time. (See our PDF on this Collection).¬†

Joseph Rudyard Kipling¬†(/ňąr Ćdj…ôrd/; 30 December 1865 ‚Äď 18 January 1936)[1]¬†was an English¬†journalist, short-story¬†writer,¬†poet, and¬†novelist.

Kipling’s works of fiction include¬†The Jungle Book¬†(1894),¬†Kim¬†(1901), and many short stories, including “The Man Who Would Be King” (1888).[2]¬†His poems include “Mandalay” (1890), “Gunga Din” (1890), “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” (1919), “The White Man’s Burden” (1899), and “If‚ÄĒ” (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story;[3]¬†his children’s books are classics of children’s literature, and one critic described his work as exhibiting “a versatile and luminous narrative gift”.[4][5]

Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[3]¬†Henry James¬†said: “Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius, as distinct from fine intelligence, that I have ever known.”[3]¬†In 1907, at the age of 42, he was awarded the¬†Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize and its youngest recipient to date.[6]He was also sounded out for the British¬†Poet Laureateship¬†and on several occasions for a¬†knighthood, both of which he declined.[7]

Kipling’s subsequent reputation has changed according to the political and social climate of the age[8][9]¬†and the resulting contrasting views about him continued for much of the 20th century.[10][11]¬†George Orwell¬†saw Kipling as “a¬†jingo¬†imperialist”, explaining that he was “morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting”.[12]¬†Literary critic Douglas Kerr wrote: “[Kipling] is still an author who can inspire passionate disagreement and his place in literary and cultural history is far from settled. But as the age of the European empires recedes, he is recognised as an incomparable, if controversial, interpreter of how empire was experienced. That, and an increasing recognition of his extraordinary narrative gifts, make him a force to be reckoned with.”[


This book was part of the extensive private collection of the Calvert Hall/Obenchain/Godwin/McMillan Collection formerly of Bowling Green, KY and later, Highland Park, Texas.

AS you can see from the history of this Collection (see our PDF) the family have very strong ancestral ties to the States of Virginia, Kentucky and Texas.



The Book was published by D. Appleton and Company, New York in 1897…..but the First Edition was copyrighted in late 1896.

The Seven Seas by Kipling 1st Edition.

Provenance: Part of the Calvert Hall/Obenchain Collection.

Dimensions: 7.75″ x 5.5″

Condition: Fair to Good ORIGINAL CONDITION. The spine is slightly loose and it has some fraying to the cover edges. Some minor foxing/discoloration through age.

Price Now: $1,250

The Seven Seas by Kipling 1st Edition

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