(Nawabs). History of the Nawabs of Oudh.

Lucknow, India, Purna Chand, 1876.

8vo. Two title-pages (one in Hindu and the other in Hindu and Urdu at the end of the volume), 10 full-page lithographic plates showing portraits of the Nawabs of Oudh, each with a printed caption in Farsi. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards.


First edition, printed in Hindu with Farsi and Urdu additions. The portraits included are of the Nawabs 'Mir Muhammad Amin Barhan ul-Muluk' (known as Saadat Ali Khan), 'Abul Mansur Ali Khan' (known as Muhammad Muqim), 'Shja'ud Dula', 'Asaf-ud Dula', 'Sa'adat Ali Khan', 'Nasir ud'Din Heyder Badshah', 'Qazi ud-Din Heyder Badshah', 'Muhammad Ali Shah', 'Amjed Ali Shah' and 'Wajid Ali Badshah'. These portraits all appear chronologically throughout the text, beginning with Saadat Ali Khan's reign in 1722 and ending with the Wajid Ali Shah, whose reign ended in 1856.

Extremities lightly rubbed. Contemporary pencil annotations to each plate in English, with a further 2 pp. manuscript note describing the volume tipped-onto front free endpaper also in English. The pencil inscription to the final plate explains that Wajid Ali Shah was "the last king of Lucknow, now in Calcutta", indicating that the volume was acquired by a Victorian traveller between 1876, when this volume was printed, and the death of the last Nawab in 1887. Well preserved.

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