Reading Room

The Ahmedabad Reading Room commences with W.S. Caine’s 1891 Picturesque India: A Handbook for European Travellers, one of the earliest 19th Century guidebooks to include the city of Ahmedabad.

The collection also includes Ahmedabad, A Compilation of Articles contributed by Rotarians (1940), with a gift inscription by H.M. Desai (M.K. Gandhi’s personal physician) to the former president of Rotary International. The Rotarian-contributed compilation also includes an article by Kasturbhai Lalbhai, whose ancestral home in Shahibagh (now the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum) will host the Ahmedabad Walls exhibition in October 2018.

Aspirational future acquisitions include the Mirat-i-Ahmadi: A History of Gujarat in Persian, Edited by Syed Nawab Ali, and Colonel Briggs’Architecture at Ahmedabad, the Capital of Goozerat (1866).

* All Urbs Indis material is accessible by appointment at the Urban Design Research Institute Library in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. 

*Digitization inquiries will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Please write to [email protected]

Picturesque India: A Handbook for European Travelers

W.S. Caine

1891 (First Edition)

Detail: Edges Gilt
Provenance: Antiquariat Kastanienh of of Germany

Cities of India

G.W. Forrest, C.I.E.

1905 (First Edition)

Bookplate: Ex Libris Felix Edelmann

Ras Mala: Hindoo Annals of the Province of Goozerat in Western India

Alexander Kinloch Forbes

1924 (First Edition)

Inscription: Cardiff Public Library, Wales, United Kingdom


Being a Compilation of Articles contributed by Rotarians and others on various subjects prominently bringing out many interesting details pertainting to and connected with the City.

1940 (First Edition)

Provenance: First Baptist Church Library, Butte, Montana, USA
Inscription: Gift from Rotarian H.M. Desai (M.K. Gandhi’s personal physician) to Rotarian Tom Davis (former president of Rotary International).

Ahmedabad: A Study in Indian Urban History

Kenneth L. Gillion

1968 (First Edition)

Provenance: Indiana Purdue Library, Fort Wayne, USA
Inscription: “Discard”


K.V. Soundara Rajan

1980 (First Edition)

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