SULTAN JAHAN, Bugum of Bhopal. An Account of my Life … translated by C. H. Payne … Vol. I. With Map and illsutrations.

SULTAN JAHAN, Bugum of Bhopal. An Account of my Life … translated by C. H. Payne … Vol. I. With Map and illsutrations.

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SULTAN JAHAN, Bugum of Bhopal. An Account of my Life … translated by C. H. Payne … Vol. I. With Map and illsutrations. London, John Murray, 1910.

8vo. Original half-morocco over cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, coat-of-arms in gilt on front cover; pp. xv, [iii]-xv, 302, [2], photogravure portrait-frontispiece with tissue guard, map in green and black and plates after photographs; extremities a little worn, cloth a little marked, front hinge strengthened, otherwise very good.
~b~Very rare first edition. Volumes two and three apeared in India in 1920 and 1922 respectively, covering the rest of the author's life. 'Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan, Begum of Bhopal (1858-1930) ruled the Indian state of Bhopal, now part of Madhya Pradesh, from 1901 to 1926. She was the only surviving child of Nawab Sultan Shah Jahan Begum Sahiba by her first husband, General Nasir ud-Daula, Nawab Baqi Muhammad Khan Bahadur. Among her achievements as a progressive and reforming leader, are the founding of educational institutions and the introduction of free compulsory primary education, in 1918. She overhauled taxation, the army, the police, the judiciary and prisons, expanded agriculture, and improved public sanitation and health by means of widespread inoculation and vaccination programmes. She attended the Coronation of George V and Queen Mary at Westminster Abbey in 1911, and among her many awards and titles, Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India was conferred in 1910' (National Trust, online~i~).

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