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A Brief Historical Memoir of Delhi and Guide to Points of Interest Together With the Official Programme in Detail of the Imperial Coronation Durbar of 1911, With Sketch Maps, Plans, and Illustrations
Office of the Superintendent, Government Printing, Bengal, Calcutta, 1911. Original blind- and gilt-stamped soft morocco with gold lettering on spine. Splendid mounted photographic portraits of the King and Queen of England after the title (size of each portrait 5 3/4" x 3 1/2"). Decorative initials. The Delhi Durbar meaning "Court of Delhi", was a mass assembly at Coronation Park, Delhi, India, to mark the coronation of a King and Queen of the United Kingdom. Also known as the Imperial Durbar, it was held three times, in 1877, 1903, and 1911, at the height of the British Empire. This work, published in anticipation of the 1911 Durbar (which was the only one attended by the sovereign, who was George V) contains several seating plans and charts, and is splendidly illustrated with16 tipped in b/w platinum prints by Johnston & Hoffmann studios, and others (average size of images 6" x 4 1/2" when one image per plate, or 6" x 2" when 2 or 3 images per plate). Starting at page 133 is a list of Commanders, Staffs, and Troops at the Durbar. This copy belonged to W. F. Reynolds who was attending the ceremony as a guest, as indicated in his sporadic annotations in pencil. Minor shelf wear. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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