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History of the Delhi Coronation Durbar.
London: John Murray,, 1904. Held of the first of January 1903 to Celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty Edward VII, Emperor of India. Compiled from Official Papers by Order of the Viceroy and Governor-General of India. Folio. Original japon vellum, spine lettered and panelled in gilt, boards concentrically gilt-ruled with interstitial floral devices gilt, central onlays of red enamel lozenges in the Islamic style, containing gilt arms of the British monarchy gilt to the front, and "King Edward VII, 1901" in Arabic letters to rear, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, white moiré cloth endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard, 29 similar plates, 18 half-tone photographic plates, engraved plate of the Delhi Durbar medal, double-page folding photogravure panorama, 2 plans of which one folding, the other in partial colour, folding colour map. Vellum faintly soiled in places, front inner hinge very slightly tender, photogravure plates evenly browned, a few with mild spotting to margins, the images remaining crisp, marginal soiling to half-tone plate facing p. 202, final folding map slightly marked along fore edge. A very good copy. First edition, deluxe issue, one of 250 copies printed on handmade paper and bound in full japon vellum gilt, this copy unnumbered; a suitably monumental publication to commemorate the event which marked the high noon of the Empire and of Lord Curzon's career as its leading ceremonial impresario. Wheeler is best remembered as Rudyard Kipling's editor on the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore, where Kipling worked as a sub-editor from 1882 to 1887, during which time he published his first book, Departmental Ditties, in 1886; his father, J. Talboys Wheeler, had written the official account of Lytton's 1877 Durbar. The trade issue of the History, bound in red cloth, is far more commonly met with than this splendid deluxe issue, in which the subscribers list records 114 names, the majority of them Indian potentates, indicating that a large proportion of the print run will have been dispersed in the inhospitable conditions of the subcontinent.
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