This extensive collection of rare Indian printed books provides a unique insight into the social, political and cultural life of the subcontinent through published works of the 18th and 19th centuries. Explore digitised collection items spanning central themes in South Asian history, and read articles written by academic experts to learn more about topics including food, science, and religion.
Sukanta Chaudhuri writes about the work of Ramkamal Bhattacharya, who translated Francis Bacon’s Essays into Indian languages. As Chaudhuri explains, Ramkamal’s undertaking reflects the radical changes in the intellectual milieu of mid-nineteenth-century Bengal.Read more
Sujaan Mukherjee examines two rare tracts on alcoholism in Bengal, illustrating the tactics employed by the authors to discourage such 'shameful behaviour'.Read more
The first rail journeys in India aroused such awe and fear in the populace that pamphlets like 'Directions of a Railway Traveller' provided much needed advice for passengers. Abhijit Gupta delves into the pamphlet, revealing the behaviour that early railway users were expected to adopt and the comparison with modern rail journeys in India.Read more
Tom Derrick discusses the value of applying digital research methods to bibliographic sources for scholars of Indian publishing history.Read more
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