Rudyard Kipling Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Rudyard Kipling Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the English author and poet Rudyard Kipling.

Brief history/biography

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (commonly known as Rudyard Kipling) was born on December 30th, 1865 and died on January 18th, 1936. Kipling was an English novelist, poet and short story writer, and commonly wrote about stories of British soldiers in India, (as he was born in Bombay in the Bombay Presidency of British India).

Kipling has been declared as an "innovator in the art of the short story" and has been praised by the likes of Henry James and George Orwell. Kipling was also the first English writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907.

Some of Kipling's most famous work includes The Jungle Book (1894), The Second Jungle Book (1895), The White Man's Burden (1899), The Day's Work (1898), The Phantom Rickshaw and other Eerie Tales (1888), and Rewards and Fairies (1910). A collection of Kipling's novels have also been released in a series (appropriately titled The Works or The Complete Works).

Types of Rudyard Kipling Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

Christie's in London sold:

  • The first English edition copies of The Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895) for £3,346 in March of 2004.
  • A first "Sussex" edition of The Works (1937 to 1939) which as also signed by Kipling for £11,163 in March of 2003.
  • Another first "Sussex" edition of The Works (1937 to 1939) which was also signed by Kipling for £7,200 in November of 2005.
  • A first "Sussex" edition copy of The Complete Works (1937 to 1939) which was signed by Kipling for £12,650 in September of 1999.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A limited "Sussex" edition collection of Kipling's work, titled The Works, one of which was signed by Kiping for $7,360 in February of 1995.
  • A limited "Bombay" edition of Works (1913 to 1938) one of which was signed by Kipling for $10,925 in November of 1999.
  • A Bombay edition copy of The Works (1913 to 1938) for $10,450 in March of 1991.

Christie's in Paris sold:

  • A French edition copy of The Jungle Book (or Le Livre de la Jungle) for €7,050 in May of 2002.
  • A French edition copy of The Jungle Book (1919) which included 16 original drawings by artists François-Louis Schmied and Paul Jouve as well as a brass plate on cover of the book and the author/artists' autographs for €35,250 in November of 2004.

Documents

  • Christie's in New York sold an autograph manuscript of "The Quest" (undated) for $5,288 in May of 2000, and an autograph manuscript of "A Saint Helena Lullaby" which was also signed by Kipling for $5,175 in December of 1998.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of The Jungle Book (1894) and The Works (1937 to 1939) are considered to be the most expensive.

Only 525 signed copies of The Works (1937 to 1939) are known to exist, and only 125 French copies of Le Livre de la Jungle which included the artwork and brass plate cover which were designed by artists François-Louis Schmied and Paul Jouve are known to exist as well.

Memorabilia that was once signed by Kipling is also considered valuable.

For more information regarding where to find Rudyard Kipling memorabilia, visit www.rudyardkipling.the-first-edition.com or www.kipling.org.uk.

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