"the trenchant observations of a penetrating Eastern mind"
or, an account of his travels in Europe on the occasion of the Coronation of His Imperial Majesty, Edward VII, King of all the Britons and Emperor of India. Lahore printed by Rai Sahib M. Gulab Singh & Sons, Mufid-i-Am Press 1904
First edition. Small 4to, 26 x 18 cm; pp.[iv, English title and publisher's note, printed in red and blue], 532. Lithographed Urdu text. Urdu title lithographed in red, green, and blue, chromolithographic headpieces. Contemporary Indian cloth; rebacked, fragment of original spine laid down; somewhat worn; all edges gilt; original colour-printed wrappers bound in. Gilt-stamp of Walter de Merindol Malan to upper board.
LSU, McGill, and Penn only. We trace no copies at auction.
Nawab Fateh Ali Khan, C.I.E., Qazalbash, was a land owner in Lahore, and Taluqdar of Oudh. He was appointed to the Supreme Legislative Council of India in 1903. In 1902 he was invited to attend the Coronation of Edward VII. In this book, compiled mainly from his journals kept on the journey, he provides "picturesque accounts of the various places, towns, villages, institutions, factories, workshops and other notable sights seen,.." interspersed with "the trenchant observations of a penetrating Eastern mind that has for the first time come into direct contact with the West and gets an opportunity of comparing some of the things of his own country with those of enlightened Europe". The sights he describes range from Bird Cage Walk in London to the St. Rollox Chemical Works in Glasgow, while the book itself is a testament to the vibrancy of design to be found in Indian printing of the period.