The Madras Reading Room is a gallery of reminisce, vignettes of times past in the South Indian coastal city. J. Talboys Wheller’s 1861 Madras in the Olden Time (1639 – 1727) opens the collection, establishing a historical-time-context over which the city has evolved. Both volumes feature the book plate of Alexander Tottenham (Diwan of Pudukkottai), an exquisite example of the miniature art of personalization rarely seen in 21st Century book culture.
* 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]
Galleries: Madras Transit
Madras in the Olden Time 1639-1702, 1702-1727
1861 (First Edition)
Memories of Madras
1905 (First Edition)
Madras, The Official Handbook of the Corporation of Madras
F.E. James (Editor)
1933 (First Edition)
A City in Transition
Studies in the Social Life of Madras
1938 (First Edition)
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Urbs Indis is an urban aerial photography studio and archival library founded by Mumbai based architect and artist Robert D Stephens (RMA Architects). Since 2007 he has been documenting urban India from 10,000 feet above sea level, in black and white as well as colour photography.
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