History of the Delhi Coronation.
Stephen Wheeler. London/John Murray 1904.
HISTORY OF THE DELHI CORONATION DURBAR HELD ON THE FIRST OF JANUARY 1903 TO CELEBRATE THE CORONATION OF HIS MAJESTY KING EDWARD VII
EMPEROR OF INDIA. Compiled from official papers by order of the Viceroy and Governor General of India. (Always described as Lord Curzon’s Durbar.)
Plan of the Amphitheatre, plate illustrating the Durbar medal, folding panorama of the Durbar [equivalent to 4 pages], large folding seating plan,
folding colored plan of the camps, 30 full page photogravure portraits by Walker & Cockerell after various photographers, 18 full page half tone
illustrations form photographs, xiv, 347pp. Original red cloth boards with decorative gilt patterns and gilt titles and decoration top edges gilt,
general wear and rubbing to boards with some loss at head and tail of spine, This work is the most comprehensive contemporary record and far superior
to modern reprints because of the quality of the illustrations, particularly the photogravures, which are printed on heavier paper. The portraits
are not the most obvious subjects and include interesting representatives from distant areas [Kalat, the Shan States, Nepal, etc]. Size: Folio [12 x 10.5ins]. 400690
Genre: India, The British Raj
A unique personal photographic record of western dinosaur digs in the first years of the 20th century by the paleontologist,
Walter Grainger, under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History. Underwood, Edna Worthley (Translator). Portland, The Mosher Press, MDCCCCXXIX.
Walter Grainger. Photos 1890's to 1940's.
The Walter Granger material is compiled in three modern folio binders containing approximately one hundred forty 4 ¾ “ x 6 ½ black and white or
sepia photos, eleven photos measuring 8” x 9 ½,” a 10” x 14 “ photo of the camel pack train on one of the Central Asian Expedition trips,
a 10” x 13” photo of Granger as a young man with his family, a photo of Roy Chapman Andrews with a warm dedication to Granger, “to Walt,
friend & tentmate 1928,”, and two 10” x 14” proofs of professional portraits of Granger in his later days. Some of the smaller pictures are
glued to black craft paper and now inserted in mylar sleeves. The larger photos aren’t mounted.
Walter Granger was especially known for his fossil hunting expeditions in the American West, the Fayum of Egypt (1907), Zhoukoudian (1921),
and the Yangtze and Gobi basins (Central Asiatic Expeditions, 1921-1930). He made major contributions to the study of vertebrate paleontology
and evolution, as well as to the dinosaur and mammal fossil collections held at the American Museum of Natural History. The views include geological
formations, group photos and dig photos with bone locations at the Bone Cabin Quarry, Chaco Canyon, Bridger Basin, Como Bluff, WY and other western digs .
The photos are annotated in Grainger's hand.
Genre: American paleontology - American Museum of Natural History
Photo Album of the fighter pilots of the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force 55th Fighter Group.
Various photographers. 1944-45.
The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort
missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in aerial combat
or by strafing them on the ground. After converting to the P-51 Mustang in July 1944, the Group went on to win two Distinguished Unit Citations.
The first was awarded for the destruction of 106 enemy aircraft over eight missions between 3-13 September 1944 and the second was awarded
for ground strafing achievements on targets in Germany on 19 February 1945.
The album contains 132 photos of the pilots with a brief comment on their fates. From the estate of the 343rd Fighter Squadron's commanding officer.
Genre: Word War II - Europe
On the Trail of Ancient Man: A Narrative of the Field Work of the Central Asiatic Expeditions - Signed, with a dedication to John D. Rockerfeller.
Andrews, Roy Chapman. New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons.
375 pp with 38 photo illustrations and a forward by Henry Fairfield Osborn.
The Central Asiatic Expeditions, under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History, journeyed to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia
in 1922,1923 and 1926 in search of human origins. Instead they found a treasure trove of fossils of both dinosaurs and early mammals.
John D. Rockerfeller was persuaded by Roy Chapman Andrews to underwrite a large part of the costs of the expedition. Rockerfeller in
turn brought his friends in the New York social and banking community on board and made the project possible. Chapman's inscription to
Rockerfeller reads," To John D. Rockerfeller, whose personal interest has done so much to make these expeditions successful. " VG/G.
Genre: Asia exploration - paleontology