DHELI DURBAR - Time Table of Special Train conveying Her Imperial Majesty the Queen-Empress from Delhi to Agra Over the Great Indian Peninsula Railway. 16th December 1911. [Delhi?, 1911].
Small 8vo. Original cord-bound handmade stiff paper wrappers, front cover lettered in gilt, gilt-stamped coat-of-arms; ff. , printed in purple within gilt single-fillet frame, 15 plates after photographs within sage-green frames, final blank; wrappers a little dusted, internally, apart from very light spotting to title, near fine.
This is a rare and finely produced survival from the 1911 Delhi Durbar, the most splendid manifestation of Imperial power in India, when King George V and Queen Mary were publicly proclaimed Emperor and Empress of India, and, without warning, India's capital was moved from Calcutta to Delhi. This Time Table was probably only handed out to the Royal couple and a few court, state and railway officials, involved in organizing the smooth running of the train from Delhi Selimgarh (departure 1:10 PM) to Agra Cantt (arrival at 5PM). The plates depict the architectural landmarks along the line.
The only other copy we were able to locate is in the Royal Collection.