1882 - The Good Old Days of Honourable John Company

Detail of The Good Old Days - Cheese and Champagne

 

This book is a collection of ephemera documenting British customs in India during the rule of the East India Company (1600 - 1858). It includes newspaper articles, advertisements, minutes from council meetings and government documents. The documents cover an array of subjects - from the Indian lottery and property sales to champagne prices and silk exports, from wars and revolutions to riots and divorces. They also reveal a sense of the segregation and the division in wealth that existed between the British rulers and the Indians themselves.

Despite this, the author is insistent that the material is evidence of 'improvement and progress' in the living conditions of both the British and the Indians, and feels that the book will simply 'afford both amusement and instruction.'