The Jungle Books Two Volume Set

Book Overview & Market Performance

The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.

Collectible Facts & Figures

  • Publication Date: 1894 & 1895
    Author: Rudyard Kipling
    Publisher: Macmillan and Co., 1894 & 1895, London
    Binding: Hardcover
    Dust Jacket: No
    Print Run: 7,000 and 10,000


    The book was originally published as short stories in various magazines in 1893 and 1894;

  • The Jungle Book is composed of seven stories, The Second Jungle Book is made up of five stories;
  • The original publication contain illustrations, some by the author's father, John Lockwood Kipling;
  • Kipling wrote the collection of stories for his daughter Josephine, who died from pneumonia in 1899. A first edition of the book, with a handwritten note by the author to his young daughter, was found by National Trust worker;
  • The author purpose behind the stories were meant to be fable to illustrate moral lesson using animals in a anthropomorphic manner, though some academics have argued that the stories also carry political allegories for the time of publication;
  • The character's name are mostly based on the Hindi words for animals themselves: Bagheera is inspired by bāgha, Baloo is based on the Hindi word bhālū; 

  • The book has been influential in the scout movement 'Wolf Club' whose founder, Robert Baden-Powell, was a friend of Kipling's.

Available copies online

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Budget $1000 - $5000, Classic Children's