Representative men of India. A collection of memoirs, with portraits of Indian princes, nobles, statesmen …
One volume in-folio; blue publisher's percaline richly decorated with gilt stamped designs. Handwritten inscription on the dedication leaf " Presented to Monsieur Y. Veruin (?) Vernin (?) of Paris by his friend D. P. Batha of Bombay. February 18th, 1890."
Superb work gathering the portraits and the life of representative men of India at the end of the 19th century.
A true cultural testimony of a vanished era, this superb work is due to Sorabji Jehangir, first magistrate of the former princely state of Baroda (now Gujurat in India), who has gathered a collection of memoirs and portraits of various Indian personalities: princes, nobles, statesmen, philanthropists, officials and eminent citizens. The book, with an introduction by the Anglo-Indian writer and naturalist Sir George Christopher Molesworth Birdwood, is dedicated to Her Majesty the Queen and Empress of India.
The 44 portraits framed with an elegant decorated border, are reproduced according to the process of the English photographer Walter B. Woodbury (Woodburytypes). Among them: the Nizam, the Gaekwar, the Thakore of Bhaunagur, the Rao of Kutch, Sir Asman Jah, Sir Dinshaw Manockjee Petit, Sir Munguldas Nathoobhoy, etc.