CORONATION DURBAR, DELHI 1911. Official Directory with Maps


The cleanest example we have had of this Directory in some years and with the interesting addition of postage stamps cancelled on important days in December 1911.

The directory is 12mo in size [6.25 x 4 ins] and was published by Superintendent Government Printing [Calcutta] 1911. Large coloured folding plan of Durbar site on scale of 2 inches to 1 mile, folding plan of Durbar 12th December 1911 in rear pocket [neatly folded], vi.388pp. Original red cloth gilt, front cover gilt blocked with title and royal cypher beneath crown, a fine bright copy. The four blanks before the title page have stamps of three reigns , each cancelled with the official Durbar Post Office stamp. Page 1 has a 1 Anna pink stamp of George V cancelled for 7th Dec [State Entry] and 2As purple cancelled 12th Dec [Durbar Day] and 5As gold cancelled 16th Dec [State Departure]. Page 2 has five various Victorian stamps with old and young heads all cancelled 12th Dec. Page 3 has five stamps of Edward VII each cancelled 12th Dec and three similar of George V. Page 4 has six Edward VII stamps ranging from 3As to 1 Rupee each stamped 16th Dec. These cover the reigns since the monarch was declared Empress or Emperor of India. This invaluable, fully indexed work contains the following chapters: Proclamation, Programme of State Ceremonies, State Entry, Reception of Ruling Chiefs, Unveiling of King Edward Memorial, Military Church Parade, Presentation of Colours, The Durbar, The State Reception, Presentation of Volunteer and Indian Officers, State Garden Party, Review, Investiture, Review of Police, Departure of Their Imperial Majesties, Sports, Games, etc., Administration, Miscellaneous Information. Lists include members of the various camps, officers of regiments involved, suites of Indian Princes. The Durbar, a huge feat of organisation, probably represents the high point of the British Raj in India. A very attractive copy of an essential reference work. SOLD 23rd January 2019

We do still have a working copy in much poorer condition for £160.