A souvenir, printed on sillk, forming a large gatefold booklet, 6pp., front cover with a sepia-printed portrait of Kipling, central panel with illustration of a soldier after an original by Richard Caton Woodville, text of poem printed in hand-written script to adjacent two pages, colophon of Eyre & Spottiswoode, Printers, to rear panel; minor soiling, else in very good condition.
Kipling wrote his patriotic poem as a contribution to the Daily Mail fund-raising appeal for those fighting in the Boer War. It proved immensely popular, particularly after it was set to music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Kipling himself travelled to South Africa to help distribute the supplies bought with the proceeds from the song. According to information printed in this de luxe version, “This souvenir is presented by Mrs. Lantry on the occasion of the 100th Performance of the “Degenerates” at the Garrick Theatre”. Lillie Langtry, the well-known socialite and actress, contributed £100 to the Daily Mail fund for this use of the poem.
Author Kipling, Rudyard.
Binding Silk wrappers
Publisher Copyright . . . by the Daily Mail Publishing Co.
Illustrator Richard Caton Woodville
Condition See description