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Rudyard Kipling

Signature of the author of The Jungle Book

Joseph Rudyard Kipling, 1865–1936.  English writer, poet, and novelist.  Signature, Rudyard Kipling, on a 2⅜" x 4⅜" card.  With secretarial transmittal letter and original envelope.

Disneyʼs second release of The Jungle Book has again focused attention on Kipling, whose books The Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895) inspired the animated movie, which Disney released in 1967 and again in 2016.  An extraordinary writer of narrative, Kipling was one of the most popular British authors of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.  He penned a wide variety of works, from poems to short stories to novels.  His childrenʼs books, including The Jungle Book, which he apparently wrote for his daughter, are regarded as classics. 

Kipling won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907, at age 42.  He remains the youngest Nobel laureate in literature.

This piece comes with a cover letter dated May 21, 1932, by which Kiplingʼs secretary sent it to a collector.  The letter is on the stationery of Batemanʼs, Kiplingʼs 1634 home at Burwash in East Sussex, England.  Kipling wrote the novel Kim (1901) in the study at Batemanʼs.

Kipling has signed in fountain pen on this small blank card.  The card has tape at three corners and a scuff where the tape has been removed from the fourth, and it is slightly toned from prior matting.  Kiplingʼs secretary conveyed the signature with a cover letter that also has tape on it from prior mounting.  The original mailing envelope from Kiplingʼs office in England has tape at the edges and a pencil notation with Kiplingʼs name at the upper left, and it has been opened at the top with some paper loss on the right end of the flap.  Overall each of the items is in fine condition. 




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