Original The Jungle Book to be released soon!


SP Books has collaborated with the British Library to release the original manuscript of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for the very first time, until now preserved by the British Library since Caroline Kipling bequeathed it to them in 1940. The manuscript contains the author’s never-before-seen original illustrations, revealing how he himself envisioned his characters and setting.

Written in the 1890s, the manuscript consists of 173 separate sheets containing the stories of both The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. It reveals Kipling’s striking drawings of characters and animals, reminding us of the clarity of the images passing through the writer’s mind as he worked and taking us on a journey through his memories of India. Also included are the verses and songs that appear at the beginning and end of each story.

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