The Historical Record of the Imperial Visit to India 1911. Compiled from the Official Records.
The Historical Record of the Imperial Visit to India 1911. Compiled from the Official Records Under the Orders of the Viceroy and Governor General of India. John Murray [London] 1914, 1st Edition 4to [9 x 11.5ins]. Folding coloured durbar plan, 3 other plans, 9 coloured plates], 2 photogravure portrait plates (Lord and Lady Hardinge), 155 illustrations form photographs, 52 coloured illuminated head tail pieces, xii, 457pp. Original blue cloth gilt, spine faded, loss of colour to front edges of both boards, boards otherwise bright, a very good firm copy, text block firm, tissue guards retained where required, large plan neatly folded, an excellent working copy. The best and most lavishly illustrated work of reference and record on the great Coronation Durbar of 1911, the publication delayed after the event by the degree of detail included. After the narrative account, written in what now seems a rather reverential tone, the appendices [pp283-420] record speeches, details of events, lists of those attending ceremonies, chapters of orders, etc. The almost ‘blow by blow’ accounts of ceremonies and events in camp and on tour, when read in conjunction with the masses of photographic illustration bring the events of this iconic tour to life. We have checked the complicated lists of illustrations carefully to ensure that they are all present.
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