Kim by Rudyard Kipling. Hardback, Macmillan, 1st edition book 1901.

Kim is a novel by Nobel prize -winning English author Rudyard Kipling. It was first published serially in McClure's Magazine from December 1900 to October 1901 as well as in Cassels Magazine from January to November 1901, and first published in book form by MacMillan in October 1901. The story unfolds against the backdro of The Great Game the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. The novel made the term "Great Game" popular and introduced the theme of great power rivalry and intrigue.

It is set after the 2nd Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the 3rd, probably in the period 1893 to 1898. The novel is notable for its detailed portrait of the people, culture, and varied religions of India. "The book presents a vivid picture of India, its teeming populations, religions, and superstitions, and the life of the bazaars and the road."

In 1998, the Modern Library  ranked Kim No. 78 on its list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. 

 

Condition. Hardback red linen with gold embosses spine & front cover. Inside fly pages show some mottling but the other pages is pristine & beautifully preserved. back hard-cover slightly loose from spine.

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