Puck of Pook’s Hill is a fantasy book by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1906, containing a series of short stories set in different periods of English history. It can count both as historical fantasy – since some of the stories told of the past have clear magical elements, and as contemporary fantasy – since it depicts a magical being active and practising his magic in the England of the early 1900s when the book was written.
The stories are all narrated to two children living near Burwash, in the High Weald of Sussex, in the area of Kipling’s own house Bateman’s, by people magically plucked out of history by the elf Puck, or told by Puck himself. (Puck, who refers to himself as “the oldest Old Thing in England”, is better known as a character in William Shakespeare‘s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.) The genres of particular stories range from authentic historical novella (A Centurion of the Thirtieth, On the Great Wall) to children’s fantasy (Dymchurch Flit). Each story is bracketed by a poem which relates in some manner to the theme or subject of the story.
Authored by Rudyard Kipling and published by MacMillan of London in 1906. Hard cover bound, this copy assumed to be First Edition. This Uniform Edition copy is in Very Good condition, covered in plastic and without a dust jacket. The size of the book is 203x136x25mm.
306 pp and 4 pages publishers catalogue. All pages slightly yellowed; some edge-wear but bumped at head & tail now reinforced. Gold elephant medallion on front cover, slightly rubbed; gilt titles on spine; top edge gilt; reverse “swastika” on verso of half title. 306 pp plus (4pp) ads; 20 b&w illus plates. Part of a uniform set of 19 volumes so please see this bookdealer’s listings for the other volumes. Assumed First Edition, Uniform Edition Hard Cover Red Cloth.