Auction Date: 26/11/2014 at 01pm
India – Deluxe signed copy of Durbar by Menpes – scarce superb deluxe signed edition of Durbar by Mortimer Menpes London: Adam and Charles Black October 1903. This is a rare signed limited edition copy, copy numbered in hand 172 at the front of the book. First edition 4to. Contains 100 coloured Plates. The illustrations have been engraved and printed at the Menpes Press under Mr Menpes's direction. Lavish Decorative cloth. Full of superb portraits of Akalis, Sikh Retainer, Maharaja of Patiala, Jind Warriors, Maharajah of Nabha, Sikh Spear Bearer etc. The first Durbar was held in 1877 to proclaim Queen Victoria as Empress of India. This is the second Durbar to proclaim Edward VII as King in 1902 but was not attended by the King either. It was not until the 1911 Durbar when George V and Queen Mary went to India was the Emperor and his Empress proclaimed in person to the people of India.