You too could own a part of India’s rich history. Come October 22, and Bid & Hammer will auction antiquarian books, maps, prints and photographs in 244 lots with estimates starting from R 5,000 and going up to Rs 6,00,000. “Old rare books, prints and maps is an area of collecting that is fast developing in India,” says Maher Dadha, chairman and managing director of Bid & Hammer. The visual impressions to be auctioned span more than 200 years of Indian and colonial Indian history, from the 18th to 20th century. That apart, old film posters of Pakistani and Indian movies and rare print art books are also on offer.
Imperial Delhi Durbar
Their Majesties King George and Queen Mary with the ruling princes and rajas of India. Original coloured lithograph. Copyrighted, printed and published by A Vivian Mansell and Co, London, 1911.
Mounted, glazed and framed. 69 x 48 cms
Starting price: Rs 90,000 - 1,20,000
James Forbes (1749–1819)
Oriental Memoirs. Selected from a series of familiar letters written during his seventeen years residence in India. Text with 29 hand-coloured plates and 79 steel engravings.
Condition: The binding is rubbed and edges worn.
Starting price: Rs 5,00,000 - Rs 6,00,000
HH Bhopal Singh (1884 – 1955)
Signed portrait of HH Bhopal Singh, Maharana of Udaipur.
28.5 x 36 cms, mounted, glazed and framed
Condition: Mount slightly stained at bottom edges with water marks, few scratches on the photo.
Starting price: Rs 48,000 - Rs 60,000
AJ Johnson (1827 – 1884)
Map shows political divisions and travel routes and is a beautiful example of SA Mitchell Jr’s 1864 map of Asia.
Starting price: Rs 20,000 - Rs 28,000
Satyajit Ray (1921-1992)
A French release poster of the film Charulata (1964). The film starred Soumitra Chatterjee and Madhabi Mukherjee. 160 x 121 cms, glazed and framed.
Starting price: Rs 40,000 - Rs 60,000