KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936)
Rudyard Kipling : signed typed letter discussing illustrations in the Just-So Stories.
Single sheet (260 x 200 mm), on Kipling’s Bateman’s Burwash, Sussex address letterhead, typescript letter dated 20 November 1924 replying to an enquiry regarding illustrations in the Just-So stories, signed in full in ink ‘Rudyard Kipling’; original folds, in fine condition; accompanied by its original envelope addressed to D. Avery Esq., London, annotated in pencil by the recipient ‘Kipling’s letter’, and with a handwritten copy of Avery’s letter of reply to Kipling, dated 25 November 1924, addressed to Kipling’s Bateman’s Burwash address.
Kipling’s letter reads:
‘Dear Sir, I am much obliged to you for your interesting account of your discoveries in the illustrations of my “Just-So Stories”; as I am struck with the zeal with which you followed your clues. As to the letters on the collar round King Solomon’s neck, any friend of yours who happens to be a Freemason will tell you what they mean. Wishing you success in your further searches, Believe me, Very Sincerely yours, Rudyard Kipling. P.S. I do not recall that there was any special significance in the rocks etc. above the cave in the illustration to “The Cat that Walked”. There you have the advantage of me.’
Avery’s reply to Kipling reads:
‘Dear Sir, Please accept my thanks for your kind letter. I am enclosing a rough tracing taken from the illustration of the “Cat that Walked” to indicate the outlines that suggested to me grotesque monsters devouring female figures – the waistband, skirt & foot indicating the one, and the back, part of upper of arm, waistline & part of skirt indicating the other figure. I thought you might be interested in seeing the foundation on which my imagination had built. Again thanking you for your Kindness, Believe me, Yours sincerely….’