Shellac Archive Addition – J.E. O’Connor’s 1874 “Note on Lac”

This week’s addition to the Shellac Archive is a portion of an 1874 Calcutta-published small book by J.E. O’Connor, about whom I know nothing.  The full title of the little book, and I’ll be you can deduce the portion I omitted here, is “Note on Lac and Vanilla.”  I have no idea why the two were lumped together in this delightful natural history and commerce account of the bug and resin.  I note with interest that in the decade of the 1864-1873 India was exporting 5 ½ million pounds of shellac per year.  Clearly I have some catching up to do.


PS  I had never encountered the word “ebullition” before and had to look it up.