Sitamau: [Privately printed], 1937. [Indian history and politics] INSCRIBED ADVANCE COPY. First edition. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.xxvi; 469 . INSCRIBED by the author in blue ink to flyleaf: 'Presented to the | most Honourable the Marquess of | Zetland, P.C., G.C.S.I., | G.C.I.E., etc. | the Secretary of State for | India, | With best compliments & | all regards of the | Author | Raghubir Sinh | 31-viii-'37.' Publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, gilt emblem to upper board. An interesting copy bibliographically being one of the copies privately printed in Sitamau, Central India in March 1937, intended for private circulation. This title was then published in Bombay in 1938 by D.B. Taraporewala Sons and Co., this particular copy having labels attached by the publisher to the reverse of the copyright page obscuring the original publication information. Light spotting to edges, light wear to cloth with a small dent to foot of upper board. Very good. Sinh was President of Sitamau State Rajya Parishad in 1939-41 and 1945-46, and later Member of Parliament for Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha between 1952 and 1960. Lawrence John Lumley Dundas, 2nd Marquess of Zetland (1876-1961), spent most of his career in India, serving as Secretary of State between 1935 and 1940. He was a key mover behind the 1935 Government of India Act, which attempted to give India greater autonomy and democratic representation, and was eventually forced to resign his post when Churchill, his implacable foe, became Prime Minister in 1940. Item #54613
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