19th century book

Valerie J Roebuck vjroebuck at MACUNLIMITED.NET
Wed Jul 27 17:26:43 UTC 2005

Thank you to everyone who has provided information about the 19th 
century copy of the Tulsi Ramayana.  I hope shortly to have some 
digital photos of the work.  I believe it is possible to place 
relevant photos on the Indology website?

Valerie J Roebuck
Manchester, UK

At 8:49 am -0400 25/7/05, Allen W Thrasher wrote:
>I find that lithographed books from India often look as much like 
>mss as like books printed from moveable type.  I think it is not 
>just that the graphemes are somewhat less regular, but that the 
>ink-paper interface (w.w.?) is different from letterpress. Graham 
>Shaw at the British Library has done a study of lithography in India 
>and is still collecting material on it.  Have you shown it to him? 
>It is possible, also, that under the inspiration of moveable type 
>books the scribe was particularly careful to be very regular, more 
>so than traditionally the best scribes would be.  I have in my own 
>library an ed. of the Bhagavatapurana published in Pune in the 1970s 
>or 1980s made by a brahmacari by hand and reproduced by 
>photo-offset. You would think it was letterpress, all the more so 
>since the same decorative frame was around the text on each page, 
>done on a transparency and then photographed along with the text.

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