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The Imperial Durbar Album of the Indian Princes, Chiefs and Zamindars

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3022O

Scope and Contents

A two-volume printed work containing biographies of 194 Indian and Burmese rulers with tipped-in portraits. Edition limited to 300 copies. Plates 1-31 are photogravure prints, the remainder are half-tone reproductions of varying quality: although not original photographic prints they have been included in the catalogue of the photograph collection as representing an important source for portrait of major and minor rulers, many probably not available elsewhere. Biographical notes have been compiled from the often sketchy notes accompanying the pictures, with additional material from Lethbridge (1893) and Rohatgi (1983). Reproductions from the work of various photographers including Bourne and Shepherd, Herzog and Higgins, Johnston and Joffmann, Vernon and Co., Devare and Co., and Eos and Co.


  • Creation: 1911


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2 volume(s) (194 images in 2 volumes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

A note in volume 2 states 'Given by Miss Sorabji, Nov. 1939'. Given that this is a limited edition, it seems most likely that volume 1 was also given by Miss Sorabji.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: South Asia, fiche number 34-37.


The full citation for these volumes is: Mawjee, Purshotam Vishram (1911), 'The Imperial Durbar Album of the Indian princes, chiefs and zamindars', Bombay: The Lakshmi Art Printing Works. Additional biographical material on pictured individuals can be found in: Lethbridge, Roper (1893), 'The golden book of India', London: Macmillan and Co.; Rohatgi, Pauline (1983), 'Portraits in the India Office Library and Records', London: British Library.


This item level description was entered by MJC and NE using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Mawjee, Purshotam Vishram, fl 1911

Includes index.
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