Item #63036 Actions and Reactions. Rudyard KIPLING, Joseph.
Actions and Reactions.

Actions and Reactions.

London: Macmillan, 1909. [Strange Tales] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.[6] 301 [13]. Advertisements date Autumn 1909. Publisher's red cloth with pictorial gilt medallion to upper, and gilt titles to spine. Top edge gilt. No inscriptions, some toning to endleaves, minor wear to covers, spine and extremities slightly sunned. Near fine. A quality collection of weird stories including 'With the Night Mail: A Story of 2000 A.D.', a futurist fantasy which explores the social and technical side of a world economy based on air traffic. Also contains 'The House Surgeon', Kipling's psychic detective mystery with obvious borrowing's from Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson- even the haunted house setting is called 'Holmesmead'. Many of Kipling's tales feature elements of the supernatural, likely inspired by his brush with Madam Blavatsky and her 'occult phenomena', and through his dealings with Doyle and leading psychic Sir Oliver Lodge; Kipling was fascinated by what he called 'Theosophy', but unlike Doyle's embrace of Spiritualism, he remained unconverted, although his stories would be steeped in paranormal activity. Kipling stressed he was 'not diving after physical experiences', although he was exposed to and described uncanny events, and was much aware of the irrational premises and feelings of others; his formative professional years were spent in India, a country with a widespread belief in ghosts and spirit re-incarnation, and at a time when matters 'psychic' were fashionable throughout Europe. Item #63036

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