TOD's Rajasthan has for three quarters of a century been recognized as one of the chief English Classics upon India. It has for many years been out of print, and the price of a copy has been prohibitive. It stands at this moment at twenty pounds. But the enormous length of the book it is as long as eight ordinary novels-precluded any publisher from taking the risk of reprinting it as a whole, though Messrs. George Rout ledge & Sons Ltd. had reprinted a portion of it.
Last year, when H.H. The Maharaj Rana of Jhalawar, the heir of Zalim Sing the Great, the hero who figures most largely in its pages, was in England, I suggested to him that something ought to be done to prevent a book of such value remaining inaccessible to students, and he at once said that he was willing to share the burden of who undertook the republication. Any firm of publishers
I approached Messrs. George Rout ledge & Sons Ltd., who had made the former reprint, and who make a specialty of resuscitating out-of-print Classics, and they were equally prompt in accepting their share of the responsibility.
The result is that the libraries of Great Britain and India and the Empire will be able to place on their shelves at a popular price this indispensable and immensely valuable Classic, which not one in a hundred of them has previously been able to include in its catalogue.
On the life of Zalim Sing the Great, the Indian Machiavelli, the Rajpoot Prince who practically saved the British Power in India, nearly a hundred years ago, I am at present engaged. It was the difficulty of procuring a copy of Tod's Rajasthan for my work on this subject, which led to my approaching the Maharaj Rana and Messrs. George Rout ledge & Sons Ltd. for its republication, now happily accomplished.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
Art & Culture (797)
Emperor & Queen (493)
Send as free online greeting card
Email a Friend