Shellac Archive Update – “Natural Resins” (1948) by B.S. Gidvani

There is no doubt that perhaps the biggest player in the world of shellac literature is the consortium of interrelated Indo-British shellac institutions of which the London Shellac Research Bureau was prominent.  B. S. Gidvani was the Director of the London Bureau when he compiled the volume Natural Resins as a treatise on the products from nature that functioned as raw materials for the emerging plastics industry.  This book is especially valuable for seeing where chemical engineers saw shellac in the continuum of raw materials for manufacturing.

Here is the first half of Gidvani’s Natural Resins, with the second half coming in the next installment.