DELHI

[ Delhi Durbar, 1903. ] Two lithographed maps: 'Camp of His Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal' by Major James Strachey, and 'Plan showing the Disposition of Troops and General Arrangements'.

Author: 
Delhi Durbar, 1903; Major J. Strachey, Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal
Publication details: 
Both items dated December 1902, and by S. I. O. Calcutta.
£450.00

The 1903 Delhi Durbar was held to celebrate the succession of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark as Emperor and Empress of India. Devised and overseen in meticulous detail by Lord Curzon, this two-week display of pomp and power was easily the grandest of the three Durbars. Edward did not attend, but sent his brother the Duke of Connaught in his place. No other copies of the following two items have been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

Serious Reflections and other Contributions. By the late George Aberigh [sic] Mackay, under the nom de plume of Our Political Orphan.

Author: 
'Our Political Orphan', i.e. George Robert Aberigh-Mackay (1841-1881), Professor of English Literature in Delhi College, tutor to the Raja of Rutlam, and principal of the Rajkumar College at Indore
Publication details: 
Bombay: Bombay Gazette Steam Press, Rampart Row, Fort. [ India. ] 1881.
£280.00

[3] + 306pp., 12m. In original printed grey cloth. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and damp-stained binding. Small ownership signature of 'Colonel Hag. R.A.' at head of title page, and stamp on front pastedown of booksellers 'Thacker & Co. Ld., Bombay.' Uncommon: only four copies recorded on COPAC. Forty essays published between 16 February and 5 December 1860. The main body (pp.1-248) consists of 33 essays of political gossip, under the same title as the book: 'Some Serious Reflections'. Essays 34 to 40 follow, separately listed in the 'Contents': 'The Teapot Series.

[Printed book, in the series 'Handbooks for the Indian Army'.] Gurkhas. Compiled under the orders of the Government of India by Captain C. J. Morris, 2nd Bn., 3rd Q.A.O. Gurkha Rifles.

Author: 
Captain C. J. Morris, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Q. A. O. Gurkha Rifles [The British Army in India]
Publication details: 
[Government of India.] Delhi: Manager of Publications. 1933.
£120.00

[10] + 179pp. Seven fold outs, comprising five tables, a 'Chart showing terms used in Gurkha relationships', and a coloured 'Skeleton Map of Nepal | Showing Distribution of Tribes' ('Published under the direction of Colonel Commandant E. A. Tandy, R.E., Surveyor General of India.') Internally in good condition, lightly aged and worn, in worn binding with black cloth spine and cream boards with printed front cover, which carries the ownership signature of 'Phillips'. Ex Libris of R. A. Scoates on front pastedown.

Anonymous manuscript First World War narrative poem titled 'The Message of the King', concerning a blinded soldier who asks a doctor to kill him.

Author: 
[First World War dramatic monologue; Royal Army Medical Corps, Delhi Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire]
Publication details: 
[RAMC Delhi Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire.] Circa 1918.
£80.00

Four pages, 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged ruled paper, with watermark 'D. K & Co. | LONDON'. Sixty-four lines, arranged in eight eight-line stanzas. Apparently unpublished. Evocative of the sensibilities of a more naive age: sincerely meant, but coming across somewhat in the style of a Stanley Holloway monologue.

Five poems by Captain H. W. Windsor Aubrey, R.A.M.C.: two holographs (including 'The Yellow Peril. Dedicated to the German Emperor'), one with typed copy, two others typed and one mimeographed; four concerning Delhi Barracks, Tidworth.

Author: 
Captain Henry Wentworth Windsor Aubrey (c.1859-1934), M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. [R.A.M.C. Delhi Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire; Brimstone Bottom]
Publication details: 
One of the six items on R.A.M.C. letterhead, Delhi Barracks, Tidworth, Salisbury Plain [Wiltshire]; dated 20 February 1918. Four of the others also 1918, and the sixth 1904.
£280.00

Henry Wentworth Windsor Aubrey was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Dorset Regiment Militia on 21 April 1875, and resigned his commission three years later. He qualified as a Doctor in 1885 and practiced in Clifton, where he was a keen cricketer and golfer. During the First World War he served in the RAMC, reaching the rank of Temporary Captain (Home) on 1 December 1917. The six items (including Item Four, a typescript of Item Three) are in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper.

The History of British India Chronologically Arranged.

Author: 
[BRITISH INDIA]
Publication details: 
Saturday, December 5, 1857.
£100.00

[Title continued] "Published with No.1, New Series, of Cassell's Illustrated Family Paper". Sheet, folded, recto comprising four pages, sm. folio, small tear, good condition, giving an "Indian Chronology" from 1593 to 1857 (The Mutiny) and "Statistics of British India" (from population to British Possessions to Means of Communication. More than on ethird of the chronolgy is devoted to the events of the Mutiny, concluding that "The capture of Delhi and the relief of Lucknow crushed the head of the revolt . . .

Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
HH Al-Haj Nawab Mirza Sir Amiruddin Ahmed Khan (1859-1937), Nawab of Loharu
Publication details: 
16 January 1903; 'P. C. Camp.'
£33.00

Two pages,8vo. Good, on foxed paper discoloured with age. Gives details of his departure from Delhi from the main station on the following evening. 'I ask your favour to arrange for 9 guns salute to be fired at the time of departure.' Thanks him for 'all the trouble you had to look after my comfort, and attending to the ceremonial occasions.'

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