Annals and Antiquities or Rajast'han

James Tod’s ANNALS and ANTIQUITIES of RAJAST’HAN

2023 SUBSCRIPTION

To commemorate its bicentenary, the Royal Asiatic Society has commissioned a limited edition re-issue of Lt.-Col. James Tod’s Annals and Antiquities of Rajast’han, with a new Companion Volume by Norbert Peabody (to be co-published by the Society and Yale University Press in Summer 2023).

Tod was a founding member of the Society and its first librarian. While librarian, he completed his Annals (originally published in 1829 and 1832), which was the literary fruit of his 23-year East India Company career, during which he served as the first Political Agent to the Western Rajput States of Rajasthan (1818–22).

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Maharana Bhim Singh at a Hunting Picnic, 1824 or 1825
Maharana Bhim Singh at a Hunting Picnic, by Ghasi, dated 1826. Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, 89.75
Fragments from the Ruins at Barolli
Fragments from the Ruins at Barolli. Engraving by E. Finden, after a drawing by P.Y. Waugh, c. 1828. From vol. 2 of the new re-issue

The two volumes of his now classic text remain essential reading for anyone interested in the history and culture of Rajasthan and the early colonial encounter in India. The text also became an inspirational source for early Indian freedom fighters, who drew on Tod’s rich narrative of Rajasthan’s history, which he articulated in explicitly nationalist terms, as a call for India’s independence from British rule. The book continues to exert a subtle influence on the national imagination of contemporary India. Tod’s text, thus, remains an indispensable source for understanding not only Rajasthan’s historical past but also important aspects of India’s political present. The accompanying Companion Volume provides the contemporary reader with the necessary background, critical apparatus, and interpretive frames to better understand this monumental, but often misunderstood, work. 

The accompanying Companion Volume provides the contemporary reader with the necessary background, critical apparatus, and interpretive frames to better understand this monumental, but often misunderstood, work. 

Demons and Kings Seated in Rows
        Demons and Kings Seated in Rows. From a Mahabharata belonging to James Tod. RAS 063.042