Hand written calligraphic manuscript on off-white card, in red and black ink with blue, yellow, brown and gold painted border and initial title. The sheet measures 11.6 x 8.9 inches. Marks on the rear where this was probably mounted previously but the front panel is clean and free of any damage. Unsigned and no clue to the calligrapher. A very attractive presentation. A poll taken by the BBC in the UK in 2005 voted it as Britain's favourite Poem, poling twice as many votes as the number 2 choice, Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shallot. Originally written in 1895, IF was inspired by the actions of Dr. Leander Starr Jameson, a British Officer whose forces were defeated by the Boers in 1895, but who was portrayed as a victorious hero by the British press, the poem is a powerful masterclass in maintaining the British stiff upper lip.
Author KIPLING. RUDYARD.
Publisher No place, no date. Circa 1930's.