The Absent Minded Beggar
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A scarce item of ephemera: a commemorative handkerchief in mercerised cotton bearing a map of South Africa at the time of the Boer War. There is also the text of Kipling's poem "The Absent-Minded Beggar", a score by Sir Arthur Sullivan, and portraits of Queen Victoria and Lord Roberts. Printed in royal blue. Kipling's famous Boer War verse, with its superb juxtaposition of pathos and jingoism, was used to raise money for the widows, wives and children of those serving in South Africa. It appeared on many commemorative souvenirs which were sold to raise funds. This map was of more use than other objects as it allowed the course of the war to be followed.
region: Maps of Southern Africa
mapmakers: R.Kipling A. Sullivan Anonymous Daily Mail Publishing Co.
place and date of publication: London c.1900
medium and colour: lithograph, Original colourref: 31391
size in mm: 410 by 420mm (16.25 by 16.5 inches).
Price: £ 400£ 240
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