COCHIN

[ Sir J. D. Rees, British Resident, proposes a toast to the Maharaja of Travancore on Queen Victoria's birthday. ] Manuscript transcript of the speech, corrected in Rees's autograph.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma, Maharajah of Travancore, 1885-1924 ]
Publication details: 
'[...] at dinner at Residency on 31st. May [ no year, but between 1895 and 1898 ]'.
£150.00

From the papers of Sir John David Rees, who served as Resident on three occasions between 1895 and 1898. For information on Rees, (see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. The present eulogy should be evaluated in the light of another document among the Rees papers (offered separately), in which he states that 'Native rajas are unfit to be members of the House of Lords; even if they are found fit they will be of no use.' 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with closed tear at head of gutter.

Printed on Silk: a welcoming address, headed 'To The Honourable J. D. Rees, F.R.G.S., M.R.A.S., C.I.E., British Resident, Travancore and Cochin.' Giving details of the institution, set up 'to revive the prestige of the ancient Syrian Community'.

Author: 
'The members of the Managing Committee, teachers and students of the Mar Dionysius Seminary [ J. D. Rees, British Resident, Travancore and Cochin; M. Manorama Press, Kottayam; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Kottayam, 31st October 1896.' Printer's slug: 'Printed by the M. Manorama Press, Kottayam 1896.'
£280.00

The item is from the papers of the recipient of the address J. D. Rees, and is probably unique. In any case, no other copy has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. Dimensions 22 x 34cm. Printed in black on one side of a piece of orange-yellow silk, hemmed top and bottom and with selvedged sides. In good condition, lightly aged. Tipped-in onto a leaf removed from an album. With the exception of the printer's slug, the text is enclosed within a decorative border and is headed: 'To | The Honourable | J. D. Rees, F.R.G.S., M.R.A.S., C.I.E.

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