Friday, 9 April 2010

Kipling's poignant Jungle Book memory...

A rare first edition of Rudyard Kipling's 'The Jungle Book' has been discovered. Found in National Trust's Wimpole Hall, whilst cataloguing their collection of over 10,000 books, this edition has been labelled as 'very special'.Yet what marks this particular copy out, is the handwritten note to young daughter Josephine, who died at the age of six. The inscription reads: 'This book belongs to Josephine Kipling for whom it was written by her father, May 1894'. The book will now be on display at Wimpole Hall, which was the residence of Kipling's eldest daughter Elsie.

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