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 22 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
A woman with flowers possibly celebrating the Vasant Panchimi festival

Lucknow
ca.1815 - ca. 1820
Watercolour

Inscription:
'Ponchumee'

‘Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East In... Read More
 22 Dec 2016 Rare Paintings
A dancing-girl

Lucknow
ca.1815 - ca. 1820
Watercolour

Inscription:
'Khutteranee Woman. A natch Girl'

‘Company paintings' were produced by Indian artists for Europeans living and working in the Indian subcontinent, especially British employees of the East India Company. They represent a fus... Read More
 16 Dec 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
TIRUTTANTA CANKIRAKAM or, A collection of proverbs in Tamil with their translation in English
By Peter Percival
Published by Jaffna Book Society, Jaffna - 1843

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Peter Percival published the fir... Read More
 16 Dec 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
TAMIL PROVERBS with their English translation containing upwards of six thousand proverbs
By Peter Percival
Published by Dinavartamani Press, Madras - 1874

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 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Shroffs, Money Changers - 1863

Studio portrait of shroffs or money changers at Delhi in India, taken by Shepherd and Robertson in c.1863. This image of two men, seated with account books and piles of coins, is reproduced as illustration number 185 in Volume IV of John Forbes Watson's 'The People... Read More
 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Book writers - 1895

Photograph of three Hindu priests writing religious texts in the modern-day state of Jammu and Kashmir, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1890s. This thre members of this group of Brahmins, members the priestly caste, are engaged in copying out sacred texts from which t... Read More
 19 Nov 2016 Rare Photographs
Delhi Bankers - 1863

Photograph of a full-length group portrait of four seated men, described as bankers in the caption, from Delhi in India, taken by Shepherd and Robertson in c.1863.

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 27 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Essay:
On Matrilineal Nairs , Diversity , and the nature of Uniformity to destroy Diversity
By Sunny Narang

The Khasis of Meghalaya and the Nairs of Kerala are both the uniquely matrilineal clans of India .

Jaintia and Garos are also matrilineal in Meghalaya but not so well known or historica... Read More
 21 Oct 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Panjab Castes
Being a reprint of the chapter on "The races, castes and tribes of the people" in the report on the census of the Panjab published in 1883
By Denzil Ibbetson (1847-1908)
Printed by the Superintendent, Government Printing, Lahore - 1916

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 20 Oct 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Punjabi Musalmans
By J.M. Wikeley
Published by The Book House, Lahore -

The aim in produciug this book is to put into an easily accessible
form and as much informative as possible concerning the history, customs etc., of the people of Punjab who have embraced Islam. This boo... Read More
 29 Sep 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Sundhya or the Daily Prayers of the Brahmins.
Illustrated in a series of original drawings from nature, demonstrating their attitudes and different signs and figures performed by them during the ceremonies of their morning devotions, and likewise their poojas.
By Mrs. Sop... Read More
 16 Aug 2016 New Books
New Book:
Thuggee: Banditry and the British in Early Nineteenth-Century India
By Kim Wagner
Published by Springer - 2007

Based largely on new material, this book examines thuggee as a type of banditry, emerging in a specific socio-economic and geographic context. The British usually described th... Read More
 15 Aug 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Lectures on some criminal tribes of India and religious mendicants
By George Whitty Gayer
Published by Madras Government Press, Madras - 1909

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A party of thugs, in India," from 'Harper... Read More
 15 Aug 2016 New Books
New Book:
Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India: Acting Like a Thief
By Henry Schwarz
Published by John Wiley & Sons - 2010

Constructing the Criminal Tribe in Colonial India provides a detailed overview of the phenomenon of the “criminal tribe” in India from the early days of col... Read More
 14 Aug 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Thugs or Phansigars of India
Comprising a history of the rise and progress of that extraordinary fraternity of assassins. And a description of the system which it pursues, and of the measures which have been adopted by the supreme government of India for its suppression.
By... Read More
 14 Aug 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Thugs or Phansigars of India
Comprising a history of the rise and progress of that extraordinary fraternity of assassins. And a description of the system which it pursues, and of the measures which have been adopted by the supreme government of India for its suppression.
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 24 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Recreational painting depicting a man and woman drinking under a canopy. The man (kneeling to the left) offers a a wine cup to the lady, who, sitting directly opposite, gently clasps his extended arm while smelling the wine glass. Canopy sits slightly elevated above the ground and surrounded (vis... Read More
 13 Jul 2016 Rare Paintings
Delhi jeweller - 1867

This chromolithograph is taken from plate 18 of William Simpson's 'India: Ancient and Modern'. Simpson's work was particularly novel in that it depicted scenes from everyday India. The work of jewellers was an integral part of Indian life. They were highly skilled craftsmen... Read More
 21 Apr 2016 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Birth Control in Ancient and Medieval India
By Robert Heilig
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Jaipur
Published in Jaipur - 1905
This material has been provided by Royal College of Physicians, London.

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 3 Feb 2016 Rare Photographs
Studio portrait of a group of Coorg priests - 1860

Portrait of eight priests from the Kodagu District, Karnataka in south-west India, taken by Nicholas and Curths in c.1860s. This was one of a series of ethnographical photographs from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. These were co... Read More