Meera Akoi with Parag Books launched J.B. Fraser’s book
November 30, 2011: Mrs Meera Akoi, wife of the co-owner of The Imperial New Delhi. and Parag Books joined hands to launch an extraordinary reproduction of the illustrated volume titled “Views in The Himala Mountains’ which was published in 1820 by Rodwell & Martin, London comprising of 21 beautiful, hand coloured engravings by J B Fraser. Mrs Akoi and Mr. Ashok Agarwal of Parag Books, reproduced “Views in the Himala Mountains” in the same format with the same quality of craftsmanship as the original, with additional text by a leading authority on the region, making it an enduring work of art on its own.
The evening to launch this literary marvel was hosted by Mrs Akoi and was attended by Mr Karan Singh, Honorable member of Rajya Sabha, who spoke charming words on the significance of Himalaya mountains. Acclaimed author William Dalrymple, who also supported this mega project, spoke candidly on Fraser’s India and Robert Hutchison talked about Fraser’s Himalayan tour.
Mrs Akoi said, “This book ‘Views of Himala Mountains’ has reproduced the finest aquatint engravings of Himalayan views ever produced. It took 18 long months for us to bring out this massive piece of art with careful assessment, keeping in mind the original masterpiece.”
The book, worth INR 1 lakh, is a limited edition of 400 copies where first 300 are numbered and signed. The views from the book are also open for view at The Imperial which houses a unique collection of JB Fraser works and has a long standing relationship with rare and original art.