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
one who throws earth's gold away in scorn,
Holding Tomorrow shall refill his purse,
So he who spurns his brain's light offspring, born
In prose or verse.
Behold the night is certain when our hand
Shall fail from labour and our eye from sight. -
Thrice mad who has no treasure at command
Against that night.
Wherefore, while each new day brings some new thought
And life's chain sparkles, golden link by link
Write quickly: good or evil, all is fraught
More deeply than you think.
An autograph poem by Kipling titled 'In the microscopical Hinterland of a cramped sub-continent', four handwritten verses on two sides of paper, is estimated at £200-300. It begins:
In the microscopical Hinterland of a cramped sub-continent -
On a farm no larger than Rutlandshire his limited youth was spent,
Till he rode three days to the nearest rail and sailed from his natal
Of purpose to sample the Outdoor :Life which only the English boast.
The archive contains many photographs, some previously unseen, including two from the Simla studio of Bourne & Shepherd, Simla, Calcutta & Bombay.
A head and shoulders cabinet photograph is autographed and inscribed 'Yours very sincerely Rudyard Kipling', inscribed verso 'A kind of scrubbed boy - a lawyer's clerk' (Merchant of Venice). The photograph is estimated at £200-300, while a three-quarter length cabinet photograph from the same studio is estimated at £100-150.
A cabinet photograph depicting Kipling and his mother is dated 'Dec 13. 90', and is dedicated to his sister: 'Trix from Mother and Ruddy'. By Elliott and Fry Photographers, 55 Baker Street, London, it is estimated at £200-300, while another depicting Kipling and his father John Lockwood Kipling, by Bourne & Shepherd, is estimated at £100-150.
Two silver gelatin photographs of Kipling when he was young, one with shoulder length hair and wearing a sailor's uniform, the other with short hair wearing a jacket and bow tie are together estimated at £80-120, while two albums and numerous loose photographs relating to the Kipling and MacDonald families many of which can be found throughout the book 'Trix: Kipling's Forgotten Sister' are estimated at £100-200.
A 19th century photographic family tree featuring 22 portraits of the Kipling, Macdonald, Burne-Jones and Poynter families is also estimated at £100-200, as is a 19th century Kipling family leather and brass mounted family photograph album including , Rudyard Kipling, Margaret Burne-Jones, Julius Frederick MacDonald, Alice Baldwin and Agnes Poynter.
The archive also contains what is believed to be the earliest photographic portrait of Kipling's first cousin, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, aged about six. It is estimated at £100-200.
The archive will go on public exhibition at Ewbank's Burnt Common auction rooms in London Road, Send on Saturday June 21 from 10am-2pm; Monday June 23 (10am-5pm) and Tuesday June 24 (10am-8pm). For further information, please contact the auctioneers on 01483 223101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.