Stock ID #180292 Departmental Ditties & Other Verses. RUDYARD KIPLING.

Departmental Ditties & Other Verses.

London. Methuen & Co., January 1909. Seventeenth Edition. Stock ID #180292

Black and white vignette on the title page. Full soft calf, stamped with the gilt Kipling symbol, there is a scratch on the front cover. Spine decorated in gilt, head of spine tender but holding, all edges gilt. A pleasing copy. xiii +176pp.

Kipling’s own introduction to the swastika as an Hindu good luck symbol certainly came through his father’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Indian art.The use of such a symbol, however, can be traced back in antiquity. Ganesha holds in his trunk a lotus flower which is revered throughout the ancient world as ensuring both good health and good fortune. Kipling had used the symbol from the last decades of the Nineteenth Century and so to suggest that it associated him with Hitler is clearly absurd. The Kipling Society.

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