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[ The Raja of Wanaparthy. ] Autograph note signed ('W. J. Ramasor') to Mrs Craigie Braster, in response to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
'W. J. Ramasor' [ Rameshwar ], Rajah of Wanaparty [ Wanaparthy Samsthanam; Raja of Wanaparthy ]
Publication details: 
Hyderabad [ India ]. 29 May 1866.
£120.00

1p., 12mo. Aged, worn and creased, with the second leaf laid down on leaf removed from an album. Addressed on reverse of note to 'Mrs C Braster | Bellary', with stamp and two postmarks. Reads: 'Hyderabad | 29 - 5 - 66 | The Rajah of Wanaparty Presents his compliments to Mrs. Craigie Braster, and has much pleasure in complying with her request, and herewith encloses his Card as also his signature as underneath. | W. J. Ramasor'. The card has been removed from the second leaf, on which is laid down a slip of paper, with ink note beneath identifying 'The "Nawab" of Secunderhabad | 1866.'

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.

Autograph Letter Signed to [the Duchess of Argyll] [Elizabeth Campbell, Duchess of Argyll & 1st Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon], Society beauty etc]

Author: 
Donald Campbell, intermediary for the Nabob of Arcot
Publication details: 
"Argyll Street, Wednesday", no date.
£400.00

Three pages, 4to, some marking, but text clear and complete. Campbell claims to be in "habits of confidence" with "the Nabob's [Nabob of Arcot]" and is requesting that a high level letter give full "redress for grievances" rather than having a "hackneyed stile". The letter contains references to people and events which demand close knowledge of this period of Indian history, particularly revealing of relations with at least one Indian Ruler.

Autograph Signature ('A. R. P. S. D.') of Anand Rao Powar, Maharajah of Dhar [Anand Rao III Pawar, Raja of Dhar State], on a secretarial letter requesting a photograph.

Author: 
Raja Krishnaji Rao II Pawar ["Baba Sahib"] (1844-1898), Raja of Dhar State, 1857-1858 and 1860-1898
Publication details: 
On monogrammed letterhead. Dhar, 19 February 1884.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. On leaf of speckled paper, with monogrammed letterhead in red. The letter reads 'My dear Friend, | Your letter off the 12th Instant was duly to hand this morning & I thank you for it. | The photograph you mentioned in your letter is not received & I believe it has not been enclosed inn the letter trhough oversight. | Kindly send the picture & oblige, | With best wishes, | Your sincere Friend | [signature] A. R. P. S. D. | Anand Roa Powar [sic] | Maharajah of Dhar'.

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