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Simla: A Hill Station in British India

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Simla: A Hill Station in British India

by Pat Barr & Ray Desmond

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London: Scolar Press, 1978. First edition. 9.78E+12. Simla was a familiar name for the British in 19th century India: it was called Mount Olympus, the Viceroysí Shooting Box, the Indian Capua, the Abode of the Little Tin Gods. It was a dream of coolness in a very hot land; a hope of healthy rest from the burdens of imperial office; a haven of familiarity pinnacled above the alien dust of the plains; a solace for the wounded and the desolate, the ill and the bored; a promise of fun and flirtation; above all, a bitter-sweet memory of home - cuckoos and thrushes, pines in the mist, honeysuckle and roses in the rain. This is how Pat Barr begins this book about Simla and the people who went there, from Charles Pratt Kennedy in 1822 to those who came up when the railway was opened in 1903. Her text is the accompaniment to a selection of plates showing Simla as it is recorded in 19th century photographs. Ray Desmond has chosen these illustrations from the wealth of material in the India Office collection, and from other sources, both to illustrate the bookís theme and also to reveal some of the riches of early photography on the Sub-Continent. The remarkable work of Bourne is represented, together with a tantalizing selection of the work of other pioneers in the field. For the pre-photographic period a number of lithographs are included, four of which are reproduced in colour. There are also a note on photography in India, a number of line drawings, and a map. Pat Barr specializes in the history of India and the Far East and is the author of several highly-praised books including The Coming of the Barbarians and The Deer Cry Pavilion, about Europeans in Japan; A Curious Life for a Lady, a biography of Isabella Bird; and, most recently, The Memsahibs. Ray Desmond is Deputy Librarian at the India Office Library and Records and an authority on early photography.

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