(DETMOLD,MAURICE AND EDWARD)illus. SIXTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS OF SUBJECTS FROM KIPLING'S JUNGLE BOOK. London: Macmillan 1903. Elephant folio (16" x 22"). Containing 16 plates plus a 4 page list of illustrations and title page, all loose as issued in gilt pictorial cloth case. The gilt eagle design on the cover of the case was also by the Detmolds. The case has the usual wear and repair to the fold-over cloth flaps and joints and there are some neat mends to a few paper protectors and contents pages. Overall this is a better than Very Good, nice complete copy. It is not known how many of these portfolios were issued, but due to the high quality of the reproductions and the costs involved in printing and constructing the pictorial cases, the total number was undoubtedly very small. The portfolio is complete with 16 full color plates of varying size, each mounted on archival board measuring 15 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches and matted. Each plate has a protective paper sheet captioned with the title of the illustration. Done with the rich colors that typify the Detmolds' artwork, the reproductions found in the small book edition published five years later pale in comparison to these plates. Generally considered their finest work and arguably the finest book illustrations of all time. R. Dalby (Golden Age of Book Illus. p. 96) says "These paintings were praised for their realistic detail and decorative arrangement" and Diana Johnson (RISD: Fantastic Illustrations p. 61 ) says: "The end result of this incongruous joining together of the quasi-scientific and the ornamental is an image which is both fanciful and often rather disturbing." This was published when the Detmold twins were only twenty years old, and proved to be their last collaborative work before Maurice committed suicide in 1908. Because the illustrations almost look like original art when framed, that was the fate of most plates, so the set is rarely found complete.