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DALZELL, Arthur, 13th earl of Carnwath (ed).
Loyal Rulers and Leaders of the East.
London: Zaehnsdorf Ltd, , 1922. Quarto. Publisher's vivid blue cloth, title gilt to spine with elaborate "oriental window" panel, both boards with concentric panels gilt, large central scrolled floral lozenge, that on the front board on a red ground, similar corner pieces to the inner panel, all edges gilt. With the original gold decorative paper-covered slip-case. Photogravure portraits of the king and queen, numerous portraits to the text, the majority of them full-page, text printed throughout within gilt borders. Spine a little dulled and crumpled head and tail, corners just whitened, the slip-case slightly rubbed but remaining attractive, overall very good. First and only edition, relatively uncommon, just a dozen copies on OCLC. Handsomely produced tribute to the contributions made by the rulers of South Asia to the war effort. Includes brief sections on Ceylon and Malaya. "The services rendered to civilisation through the ages by Eastern peoples have been incalculable, and not least among these services is the part played in the Great War. By their active co-operation with the Allied Nations of the West in their epic struggle for liberty and justice, the Ruling Princes and Leaders of the East have made their latest contribution to the advancement of humanity Â… The East has long been recognised as the home of philosophic idealism. The fundamental issues of the War in their appeal to the highest instincts of altruism, therefore evoked from the East a response that was both spontaneous and unanimous" (from Carnwath's foreword).
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