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 8 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Receipt of the crude opium, Patna. ca.1857
By Shiva Lal

Painting; gouache on mica.

This Company Painting (a painting made by an Indian artist for the British in India) is done on mica (talc) and comes from a series of nineteen illustrating processes in the manufacture of opium at the opium fact... Read More
 7 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Receipt of the crude opium, Patna, ca.1857.
By Shiva Lal

Painting; gouache on mica.

This Company Painting (a painting made by an Indian artist for the British in India) is done on mica (talc) and comes from a series of nineteen illustrating processes in the manufacture of opium at the opium fac... Read More
 7 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
Weighing of the opium, Patna, ca.1857.
By Shiva Lal

Painting; gouache on mica.

This Company Painting (a painting made by an Indian artist for the British in India) is done on mica (talc) and comes from a series of nineteen illustrating processes in the manufacture of opium at the opium factory ... Read More
 6 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
“Opium Fleet Descending the Ganges on the Way to Calcutta”

“An Opium Fleet of native boats, conveying the drug to Calcutta. The fleet is passing the Monghyr Hills, and is preceded by small canoes, the crews of which sound the depth of water, and warn all boats out of the Channel by beat of... Read More
 6 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
“The Stacking Room, Opium Factory at Patna India”

“In the Stacking Room the balls are stacked before being packed in boxes for Calcutta en route to China. A number of boys are constantly engaged in stacking, turning, airing, and examining the balls. To clear them of mildew, moths or insect... Read More
 6 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
“The Drying Room, Opium Factory at Patna India”

“In the Drying Room the balls are placed to dry before being stacked. Each ball is placed in a small earthenware cup. Men examine the balls, and puncture with a sharp style those in which gas, arising from fermentation, may be forming.”

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 6 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
“The Mixing Room, Opium Factory at Patna India”

“In the Mixing Room the contents of the earthen pans are thrown into vats and stirred with blind rakes until the whole mass becomes a homogeneous paste.”

- The Truth about Opium Smoking, 1882

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Illustrations of the mode of preparing ... Read More
 6 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
“The Examining Hall, Opium Factory at Patna India”

“In the Examining Hall the consistency of the crude opium as brought from the country in earthen pans is simply tested, either by the touch, or by thrusting a scoop into the mass. A sample from each pot (the pots being numbered and labelle... Read More
 6 Mar 2014 New Books
INTERVIEW with Amitav Ghosh:
'The Ghazipur and Patna Opium Factories together produced the wealth of Britain'.

Q. You also did research about the opium trade?

The bulk of the opium came from Bengal and Bihar, and no book has been written on it. I had to spend a lot of time in archives digging ... Read More
 6 Mar 2014 New Books
New Book:
Sea of Poppies
By Amitav Ghosh

The novel, Sea of Poppies, is first book of the trilogy Ibis and has been written by the Indian author, Amitav Ghosh. The novel deals with life in Calcutta and on the banks of river Ganga preceding the Opium Wars. This novel earned a Man Booker Prize nomi... Read More
 6 Mar 2014 Article/Essay
Essay:
In an Opium Factory
By Rudyard Kipling
First Published: 16th April, 1888 in the Pioneer and 17th April, 1888 in the Pioneer Mail.

ON the banks of the Ganges, forty miles below Benares as the crow flies, stands the Ghazipur Factory, an opium mint as it were, whence issue the precious cake... Read More
 5 Mar 2014 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
British Opium Policy and its results to India and China
By F. S. Turner
Published by Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, London - 1876

Read Book Online:

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Watercolour of a bird's eye view from an ... Read More
 5 Mar 2014 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The rise and progress of British opium smuggling; the illegality of the East India Company's monopoly of the drug; and its injurious effects upon India, China, and the commerce of Great Britain.
By Major-General R. Alexander
Published by Judd and Glass, London - 1856

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 5 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A busy balling room in the opium factory at Patna, India. Lithograph after W. S. Sherwill, c. 1850.

"Each ball-maker is furnished with a small table, a stool, and a brass cup to shape the ball in a certain quantity of opium and water called ‘Lewa,’ and an allowance of poppy petals, in which... Read More
 5 Mar 2014 Rare Paintings
A busy examining hall in the opium factory at Patna, India. Lithograph after W. S. Sherwill, c. 1850.

Published: Maclure, Macdonald & Macgregor, London.

Credit: Wellcome Library, London Read More
 9 Nov 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Wheel of Fortune
By Mahatma Gandhi
Appreciation by Dwijendranath Tagore
Published by Ganesh & Co., Madras - 1922

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 6 Oct 2013 Rare BOOKS
Reprint of a Rare Book:
Memorials of the Jeypore Exhibition 1883
Volume 1
by Thomas Holbein Hendley
Published by Mapin Publishing

The facsimile edition of a rare copy that documents the exquisite objects presented at the Jeypore Exhibition of 1883.

The Jeypore Exhibition of 1883 is regarded as... Read More
 6 Oct 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
Memorials of the Jeypore Exhibition 1883: Razm Namah or History of War
By Thomas Holbein Hendley
Volume IV
Published by W.H.Griggs, London - 1883

The Jeypore Exhibition of 1883 was regarded as among the most important industrial exhibitions of 19th century, where specimen of t... Read More
 13 Sep 2013 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The Silk Fabric Industry of The Madras Presidency
By Edgar Thurston
Printed by The Superintendent, Government Press, Madras - 1899

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 14 Jan 2012 Rare BOOKS
Digital Rare Book:
The economic history of India under early British rule, from the rise of the British power in 1757 to the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
By Romesh Chunder Dutt
Published by Trubner & Co., Lonodon - 1920

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Oil painting, 'Queen Victoria in her Coronation Robes',... Read More