Lot 701: Rudyard Kipling

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2015-07-07 11:01:33

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Lot 701: ALS, two pages, 4.5 x 7, Naulakha letterhead, December 20, 1893. Letter to author William H. Rideing, in part: "It is very difficult for me to invent notions but I find in my notebooks the story of a young apprentice in the repairing shops of the E. I. R. [East Indian Railways]—our Great Indian railroad. We will suppose he is 18 or 19—sketch the life of the railway community and a railway town in India (Bengal) and make him mend and bring in, on one piston, a broken down loco. in flood time, as he is travelling to a volunteer rifle match. The tale would introduce the country-bred white of the Indian RR's—a parsee engine driver and so on—all the difference that there is between an American & an Indian line...Very many thanks for Sir E[dwin] Arnolds Jungle Life series. I am doing a set of tales on the same subject more or less for St Nicholas, giving the Jungle people's views of man kind." Kipling adds a postscript, in full: "Indian schools—the ones in the hills where boys are educated who cannot be sent home—do not lend themselves to the progress of nature and good morals always, and are a ticklish thing to describe." In fine condition, with blocks of toning from previous display, slightly trimmed edges, and adhesive remnants to top edge. Wonderful content from the celebrated author, written just months before the publication of his masterpiece, The Jungle Book, in 1894. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456 Wednesday, 15th July 2015 Estimate: $2000-3000
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