Christine Blanchard (1907-2005), wife of University Librarian J. Richard Blanchard, was active in community activities which included serving on the Davis Board of Education from 1962-1974 and as the first president of the Yolo Family Service Agency. In 1997 she donated a collection of Rudyard Kipling’s published works to Special Collections. This collection includes the first editions (usually both the British and American) of almost all of Kipling’s books, as well as many scarce pamphlet publications of individual poems and short prose pieces, and a number of journals containing the original appearances of his works.
A notable part of the collection is an assemblage of the first Indian editions of Kipling’s earliest books, which were published while the young Kipling was working as a newspaper editorial assistant in British Colonial India.
Other works in the Blanchard Collection include the scarce first edition of Kipling’s first collection of short stories, Plain Stories from the Hills; a complete set of The Indian Railway Series books; Michael Sadleir’s copies of the first editions of The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book, and a copy of the rare suppressed edition, Letters of Marque.
The Christine H. Blanchard Rudyard Kipling Book and Pamphlet Collection is available for use in the Special Collections Blanchard Reading Room.
Stay tuned till next week when Gerome will find another collection to highlight!