Home Libraries: Rudyard Kipling

by Anna Blanch on March 12, 2013

Today, i’m glad to be able to share images of the home library of one of the nineteenth centuries finest writers.

Rudyard Kipling.

When Rudyard Kipling came upon the secluded, 17th century Bateman’s House in Sussex, he was immediately smitten. He wrote:

“We had seen an advertisement of her, and we reached her down an enlarged rabbit-hole of a lane. At very first sight the Committee of Ways and Means [Mrs Kipling and himself] said ‘That’s her! The only She! Make an honest woman of her–quick!’ We entered and felt her Spirit–her Feng Shui–to be good. We went through every room and found no shadow of ancient regrets, stifled miseries, nor any menace though the ‘new’ end of her was three hundred years old…”

The Feng Shui of Bateman’s was good to Kipling indeed. It was here in his study that he penned his famous poem –”If”

It’s certainly very manly and filled, as it is, with oak!

I think my favourite parts are the chairs, those awesome built ins and the globe by the desk!

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