Delhi Past & Present. 1902 1st edition with notes for visitors to the Delhi Durbar


Fanshawe, DELHI PAST AND PRESENT. Oxford University Press [London] 1902, 1st Edition, 8vo. 50 plates from photographs [including the photogravure frontispiece], 10 maps & plans [some folding], 2 maps on one folded sheet in rear pocket, xvii, 357pp, 6 ads. All illustrations are as listed in the correct positions and there is an additional, unlisted, partly coloured folding map of Delhi and Environs [circa 1902 by Bartholomew for John Murray] at p 16. Original decorative cloth gilt, the spine gilt blocked with a peacock, top edges gilt, very good clean condition, minor bumps to corners, internally sound withjust a little occasional spotting to a few pages, contemporary armorial bookplte of William Henry Allen of Bromham House, Bromham, Bedfordshire to font pastedown.. This copy retains the original 12pp booklet in the rear pocket Leaflet of Special Information regarding the Coronation Darbar at Delhi, Christmas, 1902, and New Year, 1903 [including a map showing the principal camps] . A large part of this book, pp 75 -221 deals with the Indian Mutiny including a casualty list [one of the maps in the rear pocket is of Delhi in 1857] although there are sections on both earlier and later Delhi. Not an easy work to find these days. Fanshawe had been working on this book for over fifteen years and it is possible that Murray pushed him into publication because of the topicality of the subject at the time of the Durbar. A couple of the copies we have had previously had been bought by guests travelling out to India in 1902. The original owner, an indutrialist, quite probably attended the Durbar as a visitor. This is the best copy of this book we have had in several years and has the title on the front boat=rd in gilt: there are copies, perhaps a second printting, where that is blind stamped.

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