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Stand E13

The Royal House of Morvi - Decorative Photographic Album, India 1890

Morvi State Album (gilt title on front board.) Photographic album., 1890

70 original photographs (albumen - ca. 240 x 195 mm) mounted on 35 cardboard leaves. Richly gilt brown morocco with coat-of-arms of Morvi State on front cover. Bidning signed in front inner hinge ’Byculla Press, Bombay’: All edges gilt. Oblong folio (410 x 290 mm). - The Royal House of Morvi represents the senior male line of the Royal Houses of Cutch. The state came into being when Kanyoji, the son Kumar Shri Ravoji, the Heir Apparent of Cutch, fled with his mother after his father's murder in 1698. He escaped from Bhuj and took immediate possession of Morvi and Kuttaria in Wagad. From that date, Morvi has remained an independent Jadeja principality. Maharaja Waghji succeeded his father as a minor in 1870. The state was placed under administration and he was sent to school at the new princes' college at Rajkot. Emerging from his minority he took charge of his state in 1879 and immediately set about developing it. A gifted administrator who modernised his state, introduced the first telephonic communications, a system of district tramways, built roads, schools and reservoirs, improved the city with bridges, public buildings and amenities, and banned money lenders in favour of state loans. He improved the old port of Vavania, enabling it to take ocean-going vessels, and constructed a modern industrial port at Naulakha. Both helped to stimulate trade, especially the local textile and salt industries. His tireless efforts were rewarded were recognised when Morvi was raised to the status of a first class state in 1887. The Thakore Sahib reigned for fifty-two years and died in 1922. - A magnificent dedication album with views of various buildings, street scenes, landscape, etc.

Condition
Gilding slightly rubbed. All over condition is excellent.

Binding
Contemporary full leather.
£3,500