Ewbank's To Sell Unique Rudyard Kipling Archive A unique family collection of Rudyard Kipling letters, photographs and personal items, some of them belonging to the author's troubled 'forgotten sister' is to be sold by Ewbank's on June 26
1890 depicts him and other figures and is signed with his father's initials JLK, while the reverse bears Rudyard Kipling's own ink design. It measures , 9 x 5.5 ins and is estimated at £100-150.
An autograph letter from Kipling to Trix dated December 15 1935 is on four sides of headed paper from Bateman's in Burwash, Sussex, the Jacobean house where Kipling and his wife, Carrie, lived from 1902, now belonging to the National Trust. Kipling used the house and its setting for many of his stories in Puck of Pook's Hill (1906) and the sequel Rewards and Fairies (1910).
Addressed: "Ho! daughter of my mother", the letter reads:
"Im busy clearing up odds and ends as behoves one whose 70th birthday is upon him!. I accept it but I can only say that I dont feel in the least like it, nor do I like it in the least."
There are references to his first cousin Stanley Baldwin and the League of Nations and to having recently met Neville Chamberlain: "he seemed quite calm which I confess I am not in respect of Italian possibilities. Its a vindictive people with long memory." The letter and its envelope are estimated at £100-150.
In a report on an exhibition at The Elms, Rottingdean, Kipling's seaside home near Brighton from 1897-1902, The Kipling Society's Journal of 1951 refers to "the intriguing - and somewhat eerie Max Desmarets" whose Valentine written by Kipling on February 14, 1884 was exhibited. The journal notes the Valentine was written while Kipling was in India in tiny hand-writing on a small folded gilt-edged card illustrated by him in red ink and opening with the couplet: "How shall a ghost from Père la Chaise Greeting send to a vanquished love?" "... but who Max Desmarets was and how he drifted into R.K.'s ken - or imagination - no one knows. This exhibit also had previously never been published or shown."
The sale includes what is believed to be the actual Valentine, written and illustrated by Kipling on two pieces of gilt-edged card and is almost certainly that referred to in the exhibition. It is estimated at £200-300. Interestingly, an edition of the Allahabad Pioneer (for which Kipling was later to work) dated January 2 1884, states that Kipling took the part of M. Desmarets in an amateur performance of "Plot and Panion" at the Railway Theatre in Lahore. This would have been during the time he worked on the Lahore newspaper, the Civil and Military Gazette, after he returned to India in 1882.
In 1883, Kipling visited Shimla (then known as Simla), a well-known hill station and the summer capital of British India. Kipling returned there for his annual leave each year from 1885 to 1888, and the town figured prominently in many of the stories he wrote for the Gazette.
A handwritten poem signed and dated "Rudyard Kipling Simla 1885, June 2nd 1885" is estimated at £200-300. On lined paper with margins the poem reads: