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Lot 54: RUDYARD KIPLING Autograph Printed Poem Signed Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Important "Rudyard Kipling" Signed Printed Poem that he Composed for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897
RUDYARD KIPLING (1865-1936). Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English Journalist, Short-story Writer, Poet, and Novelist. Kipling's works of fiction include "The Jungle Book", "Kim" and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King".
Original Printed Document, being a printed Poem, Hand-Signed, "Rudyard Kipling" in bold black ink measuring 2.75" long, Choice Crisp Near Mint. Titled: "Recessional" is a poem by Rudyard Kipling, which he composed for the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Overall, measures 4.5" x 7.5" on crisp bright fresh off-white special paper, having a golden outline, printed text in green as is his printed name at bottom. The Recessional poem is a prayer. It describes two fates that befall even the most powerful people, armies and nations, and that threatened the British Empire at the time: passing out of existence, and lapsing from Christian faith into profanity. The prayer entreats God to spare "us" (the British Empire) from these fates, "lest we forget" the sacrifice of Christ. A lovely example for display and rare.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.
His works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888).His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If-" (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".
Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907, at the age of 42, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and its youngest recipient to date. He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined.