Ca. 1840. Hardcover. A jewel of an album with twelve sympathetic and detailed portraits of the Indian trades, the people carefully depicted with individual facial characteristics. The detailed images show the trades person at work with their tools arrayed around them. A drape or tree at the top border decorates most images. The trades include Confectioner, Female sweetmeat seller, Washerman (both washing and ironing), Dyer, Black Smith, Banker, Female basket maker, Gold & Silver smith, Cooling water, water carrier, untitled man with a houka, mallet and paper.
12mo (4 1/2 by 6 1/4"), 12 paintings on mica measuring 3 x 4 1/2", the corners inserted on heavier weight pages, faced by a lighter weight paper guard. Some slight loss of paint to some images, usually to the drape or the turban. All edges gilt. Bound in full black diced calf binding, geometric and floral blind stamped design on the back board, gilt rules bordering both boards, the title "Trades of Bengal" on the front board, spine blank. Lower spine with an inch chip at the base, nicely rebacked with the original spine laid down. Small red bordered label at the top of the board with the hand written title "Inventory". Original pale yellow end papers. No text or title. Very good condition. Item #23986