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(DELHI DURBAR.)

Scheme and Orders for the Military Arrangements at Delhi in connection with the Coronation Durbar

of their Imperial Majesties the King-Emperor and the Queen-Empress. December 1911.

Calcutta, Superintendent Government Printing India, 1911 Stock Code: 140854
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Notes

First and sole edition, produced in small numbers for the use of officials and inevitably scarce; an important primary source for the Delhi Durbar, "the most spectacular ceremony in the history of the British empire" (ODNB), held on 12 December 1911 to mark the coronation of George V and Mary of Teck as Emperor and Empress of India. These military arrangements were overseen by the C-in-C India and the king's aide-de-camp, General Sir Garrett O'Moore Creagh, awarded the VC for his defence of Kam Dakka during the Second Afghan War; and Major-General G. C. Kitson, Quartermaster-General in India. Unsurprisingly, the detail given here is exhaustive, from massed bands and tentage to the storage of full dress kits and "flags flying of", including fire precautions, water supply, lighting, telegraphs and telephones, railway and ecclesiastical arrangements.

This copy without Appendix E, which should be housed in the rear pocket ("Temporary relief movements necessitated by the absence of units at the Durbar"). However, it would appear that issuance of the appendices was not entirely reliable: a previous copy handled by us lacked two appendices, a contemporary annotation remarking "not come".

An online search of institutional libraries shows six locations only, at Oxford, Scotland, St Andrews, Library of Congress, Chicago, US Army War College.

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Description

Octavo. Original red morocco-grain cloth pocket-book binding, title and Royal Arms gilt to front cover.

Illustrations

2 folding maps in front pocket (2-inch colour map of Durbar Area, "type plan" of military camps), 4 (of 5) appendices in rear pocket, sewn as issued, 2 folding diagrams in the text.

Condition

Binding just a little rubbed, one corner lightly bumped, slight discolouration to reverse of flap and inside rear pocket. A very good copy.

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