Inscribed to the future German Emperor
Lives of Maha Raja Apurva Krishna Bahadur,
Poet Laureat to His Imperial Majesty of Delhi, and Member of the Hamburg Academy, &c. &c. &c. his father and grandfather. Calcutta printed at the Catholic Orphan Press under the superintendence of J. F. Bellamy 1847
First edition. 8vo, 22 x 14 cm; pp.[ii], 14; 32 (Persian text); portrait frontispiece at rear, 3 engraved plates. Text in English and Persian. Contemporary Indian speckled morocco, gilt; spine a little worn; initial leaves with a worm-track, scant affect to text. Front free endpaper inscribed "To His Royal Highness Prince William of Prussia, &c &c. With profound respect and deep submission of Raja Apurva Krishna Bahadur. Calcutta, Sobha Bazar. The 13th August 1858."
Shameless self-promotion by an Indian poet, a presentation copy to the future Kaiser of Germany from the King of Delhi's poet. Apurva Krishna Bahadur provides an English précis his of life and antecedents, in a panegyric dripping with English, Indian, and European dignitaries past and present, together with a versified Persian account of his own life and those of his father and grandfather. Tayyib Allah signed the English preface, but as this is the only work we trace attributed to him, we suspect the present work is a pseudonymous publication by Apurva Krishna Bahadur. The plates, engraved by Nemy Chunder Roy, depict medals received by Apurva Krishna Bahadur, including one from the Hamburg Academy, to which he had sent a manuscript collection of his verse. An unsympathetic account of Apurva Krishna Bahadur published in The Crayon (Vol. 2, No. 15, 10 October 1855, pp. 223-224), notes that he numbered amongst his correspondents the former governor of Massachusetts, Edward Everett, and cites the engraved portrait in the present work. More intriguingly, the article notes that a copy of the poet's verses had even been sent to several American presidents. The thirty two pages of Persian verse were printed at the Muhammadi Press in Calcutta by Mawlawi Muhammad Faidullah; there is a Hijri imprint given on p.32 of this section.