KIPLING, RUDYARD Typed manuscript with extensive hand-corrections of The Miracle of Purun Bhagat.
24 sheets in a full red levant morocco solander case, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. 10 x 8 inches (25.25 x 20.5 cm); 24 typed ff. attached by a brass split pin, one side of the sheet only, with about 350 corrections in ink, including many full words, all in the Kipling's hand; in some cases the annotations significantly altering the sense of the lines. The Miracle of Pureen Bhagat was the title as originally typed, and throughout the manuscript, Kipling has altered the spelling of the name Pureen to Purun. Below the title on the first page he has written "print Purun throughout R K." Wear to slipcase, the first leaf of the ms. detached and other wear. Chemise with the book-labels of Jerome Kern and Ellis Ames Ballard.
The text is headed with a quotation from John Donne; this is not present in the tale's appearance in The Second Jungle Book, 1895, and there are other textual differences. It had appeared previously in The Pall Mall Budget and The Pall Mall Gazette on October 18, 1894. It was also printed also in The New York World, October, 1894, under the title A Miracle of the Present Day, and the present ms. is likely to be from one of those appearances. The piece was written in May 1894, whilst Kipling was away from Vermont, living near his parents at Tisbury, Wiltshire. From pencil notations by the publisher on the cover sheet, which state "2 proofs to/Rudyard Kipling/Tisbury" it seems most likely that this is for the Pall Mall Gazette version and thus is the final corrected version of Kipling's own typescript, before typesetting (when subsequent emendations may have been made). The manuscript was first sold at auction by Anderson Galleries in 1918, and last by Parke Bernet in 1942, and has since been in a private collection. Four similar manuscripts for stories for The Second Jungle Book were offered at auction in 1991; we note none since.
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