The Dipsy Chanty

Gold filled red letter on title page differs from the 1898 variant.

Dipsy Chanty in red. The 1898 variant was in black.

1898 variant did not have the anchor on page 15.

L'Envoi was not contained in the 1898 variant.

Book and pictures courtesy of Paul Jackson

The Dipsy Chanty

by Rudyard Kipling, 1899

This book measures 8 1/4" x 5" and has 92 pages. The body of the text is in Old Style Antiqua and 950 copies were printed on unmarked laid paper. The large initial in red filled in with gold is one of the keys to identifying this as an 1899 variant without even looking at the date in the colophon. Additionally the 1899 edition contains L'Envoi which is not in the 1898 variant and the anchor on page 15 was not in the 1898 variant. This book is numbered and signed although many of them weren't. The regular binding for this book, as seen above, was decorated suede.

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