Songs for Youth by Rudyard Kipling, 1953

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By Rudyard Kipling
With illustrated colour plates by Leo Bates.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1953.
Binding: Hardback
Condition: Book itself in excellent condition, and the original dust jacket in fair condition, with some minor tears as shown in images. There is a small inscription to a previous owner inside.

The most special thing about this 1953 edition of Songs for Youth by Rudyard Kipling, is the selection of intricate full-page colour plates tipped into decorative mounts.

Each illustration by Leo Bates has been framed in black and set in contrast against a cool grey, making this iconic book of verse food for the eyes, as much as the mind.