THE LIGHT THAT FAILED - The Magazine Editions

The Australian issue


The public issues of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine duly appeared in late December in London, New York and Melbourne.

The Australian issue is considered to be the first issued to permit sale before the January cover date, and is the rarest of the three.

It is not found in any institutional Kipling collection, is not physically described in any Kipling bibliography, and has appeared at book auctions only twice in the last century.


It measures 9 by 6 inches, in pale gray wrappers printed in black, with a portrait of Kipling by V. Gribayedoff (reduced in size from that appearing as a frontispiece inside) in the lower left quadrant.

It has no title/contents page, and no advertisements, except those inside the covers and on the back cover, which name Australian cities.