The Board of Economic Enquiry, Punjab. Pamphlet No. 1.
General Editor: J. W. Thomas. Note on Sales of Gold and Ornaments in 120 Punjab Villages, from October 1, 1931 to December 31, 1933. Based on Reports of Inspectors of Co-operative Societies, Punjab.Lahore: Civil & Military Gazette, Ltd, 1936 Stock Code: 140922
First edition, rare, with no copies traced from an online search of institutional libraries. This rather vulnerable publication was clearly produced in very small numbers and was published in the wake of the Sterling Crisis of 1931, when Britain unilaterally abandoned the gold standard. In his preface, E. D. Lucas, acting secretary to the Board, writes, "This report is the result of a suggestion made by me to the Board of Economic Inquiry, Punjab, to conduct an inquiry into the movements of precious metals and especially the sale of gold in the Punjab during 1931-3. Great Britain went off the gold standard on 21st September, 1931. Gold almost alone appreciated in value The aim of the inquiry was to find out whether the gold being sold and a large part of it estimated at three-quarters came from the villages was in order to take advantage of its appreciated value or to liquidate commitments which a lowered income due to the fall in prices failed to meet". Appendix B quotes from M. L. Darling's Wisdom and Waste in the Punjab Village (OUP, 1934).
Large square octavo. Original pale grey printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued.
Original mimeographed? copy of 44-page typescript.
Stamped on back cover recto, "Assistant Secretary, Board of Economic Enquiry, Punjab", counter-signed and stamped "146". A little loss of paper from spine, small nick at fore edge of back cover, slight stain to same, otherwise in remarkably good condition.
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