This is a Folio.
John Forbes Watson began his career as a physician in the Bombay Medical Service in 1850, later becoming Director of the India Museum in London until the transfer of its collection in 1879 to what would become the Victoria and Albert Museum. He promoted Indian industries, and his idea for "portable industrial museums" led to the publication of The Collections of the Textile Manufactures of India in 1866, eighteen volumes containing seven hundred mounted and classified samples of Indian textiles. A second set, examples shown here, was published from 1873 to 1877. Although never completed, each set also included more than seven hundred samples. The designs and textile samples were intended to inspire students and show textile manufacturers in Britain the vast potential market in India.
It is credited
Smithsonian Libraries, TS1403.W3c 1873 folio, Vol.1, No.1 Second series.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 44.3 × 32 cm (17 7/16 × 12 5/8 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.