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Lot 12
ARNOLD, EDWIN (1832-1904) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF SOME OF HIS INDIAN POEMS, [c.1890]; and AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'THE QUEEN'S SONG', 1897
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ARNOLD, EDWIN (1832-1904)
(i) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF SOME OF HIS INDIAN POEMS, and others, thirteen in all, written out in a volume entitled 'Commonplace Book', comprising the following poems: 'The Rajpoot Wife', 'The Caliph's Draught', 'The Rajah's Ride', 'A Bihari Mill-Song', 'The Indian Judge', 'A Rajjput Nurse', 'The Snake and the Baby', 'Basti Singh's Wife', 'The Cholera in Italy', 'He and She', 'The Knight's Tomb at Swanscombe Church', 'The Depths of the Sea' and 'Sohni, a tale of Indus', 97 pages, mostly written on one side only, folio, one section loose, half-pigskin, slip case, not dated, watermark date 1890

'Sing something, Jymul Rao!, for the goats are gathered now,
And no more water is to bring;
The village-gates are set, and the night is grey as yet,
God hath given wondrous fancies to thee: - sing!

Then Jymul's supple fingers, with a touch that doubts and lingers,
Set athrill the saddest wire of all the six;
And the girls sit in a tangle, and hush the tinkling bangle,
While the boys pile the flame with stores of sticks...'

Arnold, a Knight Commander of the Indian Empire, was a Fellow of Bombay University and Principal of the Government Sanskrit College. 'The Rajpoot Wife' was first published in Indian Poetry, 1881, and 'The Snake and the Baby' in Lotus and the Jewel, 1887; both are reprinted in Poetry of British India, 1780-1905, 2011. Publication of the other poems has not been traced. Only two poetical manuscripts by Arnold have been sold at auction. The British Library owns a manuscript of two of these poems and two other items, otherwise Arnold's manuscripts appear to be at the Huntington Library, The Morgan Library and Duke University Library.

PROVENANCE: Maggs (clipped catalogue entry); Julian Browning; David Holmes.

(ii) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'THE QUEEN'S SONG' [FOR VICTORIA'S DIAMOND JUBILEE], signed (Edwin Arnold'), 24 lines in three stanzas, with three revisions, 'title-page', 4 pages, quarto, London, 1897
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