Bengal Library Catalogue of Books, 1830-1870


This catalogue was compiled and printed from 1863 by the Bengal Library under despatch of the Secretary of State. It records details of the books published in Bengal between 1830 and 1870.

The catalogue begins with works written in Sanskrit and arranged by subject matter before moving on to list works that were published in the Bengali language. Books published in a variety of subjects including history, law and drama, are described.  

Names and addresses of the many printing presses inform us that the majority of the books listed were published in Kolkata, the epicentre of printing within the British province of Bengal at the time.

The 1867, ‘(Indian) Press and Registration of Books Act’ dictated that a copy of every book published throughout British controlled India be submitted to the India Office and so the practice of printing lists of books on a quarterly basis began. This catalogue forms part of a series of bound volumes that contain ‘Quarterly Lists’ of books published in Bengal up to 1954. 

The Two Centuries of Indian Print project has created an interactive map using data derived from this Quarterly List: 

Full title:
Bengal Library: Catalogue of books received during the quarter ending
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Bengal Library
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British Library

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