The Jungle Books




A Note on the Text

by Daniel Karlin



[April 2nd 2007]

1. The notes that follow are based on the Standard Macmillan Library Edition, as published and frequently repronted between 1899 and 1950.

2. A selection of variant readings is given in the notes, taken from the first American editions of the same dates, and from the Sussex Edition, the final collected edition prepared by Kipling. All the stories were first published separately in magazines in the United States, Britain, or both, sometimes with different titles, or without their accompanying verses; for details, see J. McG. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: Bibliographical Catalogue (Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1959). Kipling's manuscripts of the jungle Books are in the British Library, but may not be quoted for purposes of collation.

3. In the `Outward Bound' edition (t897), the stories of The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book were re-distributed. Vol. vii, The Jungle Book, contained the Mowgli stories in chronological order: "Mowgli's Brothers", "Kaa's Hunting", `How hear Came', "Tiger! Tiger!", "Letting in the Jungle", "The King's Ankus", "Red Dog" and "The Spring Running"; then came "In the Rukh", originally published in Many Inventions (t893), which relates Mowgli's subsequent career. Vol. viii, The Second Jungle Book, contained the non-Mowgli stories, in the order: "Rikki-tikki-tavi", "The White Seal", "The Miracle of Purun Bhagat", "The Undertakers", "Quiquern", "Toomai of the Elephants", "Her Majesty’s Servants" ("Servants of the Queen"). This arrangement was followed in the Sussex Edition.


[D.K.]

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