Timed to go live around India’s Republic Day, Prinseps Auction House is set to host their first No Reserve online book auction from January 20-26, 2020. The auction will carry a selection of meticulously acquired books, newsletters and documents by luminaries of the Indian freedom struggle as a thoughtful celebration of the country’s legacy of extraordinary political leadership and the journey to Indian Independence, documented in this collection of seminal literary works.
Auction highlights include texts such as Jawaharlal Nehru’s autobiography Towards Freedom and his memoirs, The Discovery of India (pub. 1946) and the complete volumes of Mahatma Gandhi’s weekly newsletter Harijan Sevak. Other notable auction lots include Gandhi’s Satyagraha in South Africa (pub. 1928), two volumes of Bankim Chandra Sen’s magazine Desh (pub. 1941 and 1948) and The Calcutta Municipal Gazette: 23rd Anniversary and Independence Commemoration Number (pub. December 1947) from Rathindranath Tagore and Mira Chatterjee’s collection. Collectables up for auction include a calendar dedicated to Subhash Chandra Bose by Shiri Talashilkar created in 1945 and two Cawnpore Prints of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Sarojini Naidu by Shyam Lal Sunder.
In keeping with the auction house’s commitment to detailed research, the auction has been put together through consignments with strong provenances and historical significance, with some books being unavailable even in international libraries.
Auction Title: No Reserve Nationalism Book Auction
Dates: Online bidding opens on January 20, 10 am till January 26, 7 pm