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India and Pakistan Antiquarian Postcards, Books, Maps and Photographs at Chiswick Auctions

CHISWICK AUCTIONS is pleased to showcase the second part of a unique collection of 19th century photography and vintage postcards relating to British India and Afghanistan, in particular to the regions of the Punjab, Sind, and the North West Frontier Province and in relation to the Muslims and Sikhs of these regions.

Lot 12 Who’s Who by A. C. Black
Lot 12 Who’s Who by A. C. Black
This is the final instalment of the fine private library of maps, photographs, 19th century books, vintage postcards and ephemera albums. It has been the dedication of a Glaswegian-born collector, who has spent the best part of 50 years compiling this fascinating selection of pieces. Having travelled to the South-East Asia region annually throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he amassed this collection through old-school techniques of visiting second-hand bookshops and fairs throughout the United Kingdom, having never purchased an item online.

This rare collection came to us, and was found to be a real Aladdin’s Cave, with volumes and titles hidden in dusty bookcases, some for decades, and others which are rarely to be found on the market. Among the pick of the catalogue are albums of Indian postcards, on Lahore, Sind, and the Northwest Frontier Region. There is also a vast selection on the Sind regions, the Kashmir Valleys, and an extensive section devoted to the North West Frontier province and Afghanistan.

In addition to bound books, there are military and travel maps, including early automobile maps of the Punjab, lot no. 49 being a huge map of the division of the Lahore Kingdom, and a sizeable collection of vintage photograph albums. The sale also features a large quantity of vintage photographs of India and Pakistan, covering Lahore, Sind, Afghanistan, Punjab, Delhi, Lucknow, Agra and Indian military photographs, from notable photographers such as Bremner and Bourne & Shepherd.

The library really has something to offer everyone, and we are proud to host this specialist auction, giving a unique opportunity to the public and offering such a large array of Indian and Pakistani books under one sale.

The auction will take place on Wednesday 16th March at 1pm.

How to bid
There are lots of ways you can bid. Visiting our saleroom at 1 Colville Road, Chiswick W3 8BL, in person is always an exciting experience but if you can’t make it, then you can bid online from your computer via For added convenience, you can also request a telephone bid, or indeed leave an absentee/commission bid prior to the sale.

The items will be available to view on Sunday 13th from 12 – 6pm, Monday 14th from 10am – 6pm, Tuesday 15th and before the sale starts on Wednesday 16th. This is a chance to come and take a closer look at the collection in full.

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