Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work. He is most famous for ''The Jungle Book (1894)'', "If" (1895) and "Kim" (1901). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story. Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: ''Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius, as distinct from fine intelligence, that I have ever known''.
The Montblanc Writers Edition takes its main inspiration from Kipling's "The Jungle Book". The overall shape is inspired by the Ankus of ''the King's Ankus'' story from the second jungle book.
The engraving on the cap top ring and cone ring are quotes from Rudyard Kipling’s autobiography “Something of Myself” (1937).
The champagne tone gold coated skeleton overlay on the cap (monkey) is inspired by the story ''Koa's hunting'' from The Jungle Book, which is a short story featuring Mowgli and the monkeys. The pattern on the barrel depicts texture of a tiger, which refers to Shere Kahn. The ''jungle'' green color is inspired by the cover of the book's first U.S. edition, with the clip taking inspiration from the wolf pack. The engraving of cold lairs (an abandoned human city from the Jungle Book) on the cap is inspired by the city Chittogarh, which Kipling visited. The cap top is finished with the Montblanc emblem in mother of pearl and the edition is limited to 1895 pieces worldwide as a reference to the year 1895 when the poem ''If'' was written as a tribute to Leander Starr Jameson. The 18k gold nib is engraved with an elephant as a reminder of the cover of the Jungle Book.
This is the first time having a full skeleton overlay on both cap and barrel on a Writer's Edition limited edition. The 2011 Carlo Collodi has a skeletonized cap only (not the body).
This particular pen is in brand new and unused condition. It comes with all original boxes and papers.
One of Rudyard Kipling’s best-loved works is the poem ‘If’, which he wrote in 1895 for his son John. Translated into over 30 languages, its opening words are recognized all over the world. Alternate lines of the poem being with ‘if’ and describe situations that require classic virtues such as patience, honesty, reason and a sense of perspective. Its wisdom still rings true today.
If by Rudyard Kipling (‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)