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A very early collection of tea reports printed in India. That of 1848 is a ‘Report on the Government Tea Plantations in Kumaon and Gurwahl, Containing and Account of the Process of Manufacture of Black and Green Teas …’ Tea production was first introduced into India by the British as a means to overcome the monopoly of the Chinese. The first region to receive it was the surrounding area of the city of Darjeeling. This therefore is an extremely early and rare locally published report on the production of tea.

JAMESON, William

Indian Tea Reports. Report on the Government Tea Plantations in Kumaon and Gurwahl

Printed by J.C. Sherriff, Bishop's College Press, Calcutta, 1848
Octavo, contemporary half calf over marbled boards, rubbed and scuffed. Pp. [ii], 38, with 8 lithographic plates at rear (5 hand-coloured), some text leaves lightly toned, bound with 3 other related works by Jameson: ‘The Cultivation of Tea in the District of Kangra, Lahore’: Printed at the Lahore Chronicle Press, by Mahomed Azeem, 1853, [ii], 58 pages, bound with Papers on the Tea Factories and Plantations in Kumaon and Gurhwal, Agra: Secundra Orphan Press, 1854, pp. [ii], 44, and bound with, (at front), Report on the cultivation and manufacture of tea in Kemaon and Gurhwal, by William Jameson, Esq. Superintendent Botanical Gardens, North-Western Provinces, [?Agra, 1845], pp. 25, drop-head title (slightly dust-soiled and initialled W.J. in ink at head), a few minor proof corrections, presumably by the author.
Stock number: 10492

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