SMITH, Vincent A. Akbar the Great Mogul 1542-1605. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1917.
8vo. Royal Asiatic Society goatskin-bound prize awarded to the young historian Oliver Warner, smooth crimson morocco with raised bands, gilt tooling and titles, a gilt vignette of the rising sun to both covers; all edges and inner dentelles gilt; pp. 504, plates and maps, including colour frontispiece; a very attractive copy.
First edition. Provenance: An elaborate art nouveau prize book plate on the front pastedown by the Royal Asiatic Society awarding the book to Oliver M. W. Warner of Denstone College in 1920 for his essay on The Rise and Decline of the Maratha Power 1670-1819; loosely inserted the prospectus for Warner's essay and an invitation to the Society's Anniversary Meeting at which Mr Warner received the Public School Gold Medal and this book. Oliver Warner read for the publishers Chatto and Windus in the 1930s, writing extensively on British history and the Royal Navy including a biography of Nelson.