'Departmental Ditties
Barrack-Room Ballads
and Other Verses'

Early publication in America

by David Alan Richards


The cloth boards edition front cover
In his 1935 bibliography Anglo-American First Editions 1826-199, "[d]escribing first editions of English authors whose books were published in America before their publication in England," I.R. Brussel noted thirteen works by Kipling which could be so described.

The list was headed by Departmental Ditties, Barrack-Room Ballads and Other Verses, published by the United States Book Company in December 1890, in dark purplish red (described by the publisher as "Wine-colored") bevel-edged cloth boards with gilt lettering and ornamentation and gilt-topped page edges.