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Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photographs II Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints & Photographs II R. H. JALBHOY
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The Portrait Gallery of Western India, by R. H. Jalbhoy, published in 1886, printed at the Education Society’s Press, Byculla, Bombay [according to the British Library copy]. Text and captions in English and Gujarati.
The portraits are tinted lithographs printed by Vincent Brooks, Day and Son of London and many are based on photographs of the sitters.
The portraits include those of [as spelt in the book]: Mir Mahbub Ali Khan, Nizam of Deccan, Maharaja Sayaji Rao of Baroda, Late Maharaja Pragmuljee of Cutch, Maharaja Khengarji of Cutch, Late Mohobut Khanjee Babee of Joonaghud, Prince Bahadoor Khanjee of Joonaghud, Rulers of Morvee, Drangdra, Bhownagar, Nawanagar, Gondal, Wadhwan, Lakhtur, Rajkote, Jusdhun, Sir Salar Jung, Madhavrao Dewan of Baroda and among the Parsis are: Sir Jamsetji Jeejibhoy First Baronet and Second Baronet, Cawasjee Jehangeer Readymoney, Rustomji Jumsetji Jeejibhoy, Maneckji Nosserwanjee Petit, Framji Nasserwanji Patell, Byramji Jeejeebhoy, Ardaseer Hormarji, Dadabhai Naoroji, Naoroji Furdunji, Dinshawji Manockji Petit, Dossabhai Framji. Among the eminent Hindus are: Jagannathji Sankarsett, Gopalrao Deshmukh, Nanabhai Haridas, Gowreeshankar Oodeshankar, Samuldass Permanandass, Lakmidass Khimjee, Bholanath Sarabhoy of Ahmedabad. There are also some Muslim sitters. Sold as a collection of lithographic portraits only.
Condition NotesLacks binding, title-page and 2 portraits [Queen Victoria and the author], but all 48 portraits of the rulers of the princely states of western India and of eminent Parsis and Hindus are present. There are 53 biographies but 5 had no portraits. 2 or 3 portraits at the beginning and end with unobtrusive water stain on top left corner, some foxing, but overall fine.