FIRST JUNGLE BOOK
CONSIDERABLE use has been made in the compilation of these Notes of James McG. Stewart, Rudyard Kipling: A Bibliographical Catalogue, ed. A. W. Yeats ( Toronto, 1959), and of The Readers' Guide to Rudyard Kipling's Works ed. R. E. Harbord , to both of whom I express my gratitude. I should also like to thank Mr O. D. Edwards, Reader in History in the University of Edinburgh, for help with two notes on 'Rikki-tikki-tavi', and Mr Jonathan Katz, Librarian of the Indian Institute at Oxford, for help with a note on 'Toomai of the Elephants'.
'(K)' indicates that the note is taken from 'Author's Notes on the Names in the jungle Books', first published in volume 12 of the Sussex Edition ( 1937).
'( Sterndale)' indicates that the name annotated has been taken, or adapted, from the list of 'Native Names' given by Robert Armitage Sterndale in Seonee, or Camp Life on the Satpura Range (1st edn London, 1877; 2nd edn Calcutta, 1887).
|JB||The Jungle Book|
|2JB||The Second Jungle Book|
The text is that of the Uniform Edition, with a few changes which are indicated in the Notes. The first English edn of The Jungle Book was published in 1894, and the first American edn in the same year.
The Preface is of course a parody of a scholarly Editor acknowledging the expert help of 'specialists', who include two elephants, a monkey, a dancing wolf, and (probably) a mongoose, as well as a fellow-passenger on a ship of the Canadian Pacific Line. After this lapse of time some of the allusions are now indecipher-