Ah, to be a cataloging librarian hacking the jungles of some ancient great estate . . .

Librarians for Britain’s National Trust have discovered a rare first edition of Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book,” BBC News reported. Officials of the trust said the book contained a handwritten note from the author to his daughter Josephine, who died in 1899, when she was 6. It reads: “This book belongs to Josephine Kipling for whom it was written by her father, May 1894.”

Librarians came across the inscription while working on a three-year project to catalog almost 10,000 books in the library at Wimpole Hall, the estate where Kipling’s other daughter, Elsie Bambridge, lived until 1976. Though Kipling did not sign the book, the handwriting is believed to be his, based on other items in the archive. The book is on display to the public there.

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