The Automobiles of the Maharajas

Dwivedi, Sharada and Barwani, Manvendra Singh

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Title: The Automobiles of the Maharajas
Publisher: Eminence Designs Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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Dwivedi, Sharada ; Singh Barwani ; Manvendra
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Book Description White Star, 2008. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Très bon état. Grand in-8 carré, cartonnage noir sous jaquette illustrée en coul., 324 pp. Nb reproductions de photos anciennes, de lettres ou de publicités en n&b avec impression sur fonds cuivrés. Très bon état. (Poids : 2,8 kg avec emballage d’expédition). Au début du 20e siècle, en Inde royale, l’arrivée des voitures sans chevaux révolutionnent le style de vie et le faste des souverains et maharanis. Des voitures aux lignes spéciales sont conçues ou décorées au gré des désirs et des caprices des Princes, devenant symbole de prestige et de pouvoir. Nombre de ces modèles fantaisistes et luxueux, utilisés pour les parades, les mariages, les cérémonies officielles, la chasse sportive. revivent grâce aux récits d’anciens propriétaires (maharajas) et de nouveaux collectionneurs. A travers ces informations et une iconographie documentée sur un moyen de locomotion hors du commun, c’est l’histoire de tout un pays qui nous est contée. in-8°. Bookseller Inventory # 22698

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Book Description Eminence Designs Pvt. Ltd. Book Condition: New. pp. 324 Illus., Map. Bookseller Inventory # 7720437

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Book Description Eminence Designs, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Second Printing. Traces of jacket edgewear with one 1/4" tear on back panel. ; Square 4to 9" - 11" tall; 319 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 600144

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Book Description Prestige, New Delhi, India, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. This book attempts to present the story of special cars and contoured bodies fabricated by the manufacturers or coach builders to the specification of royalty, often catering to their incredible eccentricities. For the Maharajas, luxury motor cars became the symbol of power and prestige. Between the two wars, Indian royalty acquired the most spelindid of cars-the likes of which will never be seen again. Printed Pages: 324. Size: 29 Cms x 29 Cms. Bookseller Inventory # 031715

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Book Description Prestige, New Delhi, India, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. This book attempts to present the story of special cars and contoured bodies fabricated by the manufacturers or coach builders to the specification of royalty, often catering to their incredible eccentricities. For the Maharajas, luxury motor cars became the symbol of power and prestige. Between the two wars, Indian royalty acquired the most spelindid of cars-the likes of which will never be seen again. Printed Pages: 324. Size: 29 Cms x 29 Cms. Bookseller Inventory # 031715

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Book Description Eminence Designs, Mumbai, 2003. Hardbound. Book Condition: As New. New. Contents Preface. Introduction before the car. 1. Arrival and adventure. 2. Tours and ceremonies. 3. Shoots and shikar. 4. Maharanis and motorcars. 5. Marques and markets. 6. Collectors and connoisseurs. 7. Afterwards the cars now. Select bibliography. Until independence in 1947 when India became free of British governance two fifths of the Indian sub continent comprised over 565 princely states ruled by Maharajas Rajas Ranas Jams Nawabs Mirs and one Nizam who was once considered the wealthiest man in the world. Collectively they were called the Indian princes for kings they were not sanctioned to be while Britannia ruled the waves despite the fact that the family trees of many rulers were more ancient than that of the British monarchy. Around fifty years before independence when the horseless carriage as the automobile was defined in archaic terms made its way to India it revolutionised and luxurious lifestyles of Indian royalty. In the new fangled four wheeled mode of transport the fabled Maharajas discovered a enthralling new passion that was to endure for many decades. The choicest motorcars came in thousands to Indian shores for the privileged use of the Maharajas zamindars (wealthy land owners) and millionaire merchant princes. Not surprisingly nowhere else in the world were luxury cars put to uses as varied as ceremonial processions tours of the state during weddings for hunting or for women secluded in purdah and on occasion even as conveyors of garbage. Special cars and contoured bodies were fabricated by the manufacturers or coachbuilders to the specifications of royalty often catering to their incredible eccentricities. For the Maharajas luxury motorcars became the symbols of power and prestige. Between the two wars Indian royalty acquired the most splendid of cars the likes of which will never be seen again. A large number of these enviable marques have disappeared over the last 50 years some found their way to vintage car museums others to private collectors and still others were dumped on scrap heaps. A few survived in the garages of the royal palaces some were looked after with love and care while others corroded or simply fell apart and were damaged beyond recognition. Each of those amazing and unique cars that came to India however had an incredible tale to tell of ceremonial processions and shikar of the close contact the ruler had with his people of intrigues and assignations of the exploits of young princes or the movements of beautiful princesses sequestered in the confines of the system known as purdah. This book attempts to present some of these wonderful stories and legends many heard from royal automobile owners or found in published records together with a wealth of images. Like the vintage cars themselves some images are in pristine condition others have aged and mellowed through time but despite their deterioration still provide a rare visual delight and a unique insight into a mechanical phenomenon that still generates a distinct awe and wonderment in the eyes of the beholder. 324 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 54675

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