Royal Tour of India 1905-06 by the Prince & Princess of Wales


Reed, Stanley: THE ROYAL TOUR IN INDIA. A Record of the Tour of T.R.H. The Prince and Princess of Wales in India and Burma, from November 1905 to March 1906. Bennett Coleman & Co [Bombay] 1906, quarto, 1st Edition. Photogravure portraits of Prince & Princess printed on card before the title page, numerous photo illustrations [many full page and including portraits of rulers], sketch route map, xxiv, 510pp, 3pp un-numbered Appendix B. Original blue cloth gilt, minor wear at extremities, small ink mark on front board, a little triangle of cloth lacking at the rear inner corner, some wrinkling to cloth of rear boards, mall tear to gutter margin of prelims and title page, edge tear without loss to bottom margin of pages 77 and 465 but not affecting any printed areas, a sound copy, the cloth brighter than usual, the text block clean, no ownership markings. A very well illustrated work entirely printed on fine quality glazed art paper. The illustrations are taken from photographs by Raja Deen Dayal & Sons and by Bourne and Shepherd. This important tour visited Bombay, Indore, Udaipur, Jaipur, Bikanir, Lahore, Peshawar, The Khyber, Rawalpindi, Jammu, Amritsar, Delhi,Agra, Gwalior, Lucknow, Calcutta, Rangoon, Madras, Mysore, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Benares, Aligarh, Quetta, Chaman & Karachi. As well as views of tour there are numerous architectural views and portraits of princes and rulers, officials, etc. A most useful work of record for Imperial India. The tour took place 30 years after the visit of the Prince’s father (who was later Edward VII). The Prince and Princess enjoyed their trip and were to visit India again for a Coronation tour in 1911 when the Prince became George V. This volume was followed by the author by a very similar work on the later 1911/12 visit. a very heavy volume which offers suffers much more than this one, the portraits of the Prince & Princess being on card seem almost designed to be removed and often have been.    jul28/2

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